Saturday, December 3, 2011

Donna Lee by Charlie Parker; Damian Draghici dazzling fast on pan-flute and Eddie Daniels

This is an amazing display of virtuosity that must be seen to be believed.

As to the unusual time signature that the group segues into following the blistering statement of the theme, perhaps the following anecdote from bassist Bill Crow's Jazz Anecdotes may be appropriate:

A Greek bandleader wasn't happy when his regular drummer sent a young jazz player as a substitute on a traditional dance job. After the first set, he took the youngster aside. 

"Look, kid," he said, "forget about all that Elvin Jones stuff. Just give me a simple after-beat on two and five!" [p. 329]