In the space of only fifteen years, Charlie Parker made a name for himself as one of the big masterminds of jazz, and as a
genius of improvisation. He made the emotion inherent in blues music burn bright. Gifted with a tremendous memory, he was
able to improvise to any given melody and come up with entirely original solos. He was always aware of his environment and
immediately turned the things around him - noises, car horns, the colour of a woman's clothing or any other event - into
musical figures, instantaneously making them part and parcel of what he had to say.