Bird and Chet

This is the last of my posts from the research for The Mobster’s Lament, and it’s a fitting one.

The quote is from Leonard Feather’s ‘Inside Bebop’, the first proper book about the new musical movement. It’s got some brilliant quotes in it from Parker himself.

This photo is from much later, in 1950s, and is by William Claxton. The reason this is a good image to end on, is because the kid playing the trumpet in the background is Chet Baker, who may or may not make an appearance in the quartet’s final book…

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