There is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system.
Charlie Parker was a groundbreaking jazz musician of the 1940s. He was a creative genius, a pioneer, a legend. In his day, Parker was so influential in the jazz community that people went to great lengths to emulate his brilliance, even his heroin habit. Nearly seventy years later, his influence is still felt in every jazz club in the world.
Parker's impact had nothing to do with his compositions; his written music was average at best. He wasn't known for being a great side-man and playing exactly what others put on the page. In fact, he was erratic ...