Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Testimony, A Tribute to Charlie Parker: With New and Selected Jazz Poems (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

Yusef Komunyakaa


Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa is widely known for his jazz poetry, and this ebook is the 1st to compile the verve and energy of his oeuvre. the center-piece of this quantity is the libretto Testimony. reminiscent of Charlie Parker, Testimony used to be commissioned for a radio drama with unique tune by way of eminent Australian composer and saxophonist Sandy Evans. Remarkably wealthy and evocative, encompassing quite a lot of musical strength and performers, this relocating confirmation of Parker’s genius turned a milestone in modern radio theater. Twenty-eight extra poems spanning the breadth of Komunyakaa’s profession are integrated, together with by no means formerly released. Accompanying the poems are interviews and essays that includes Komunyakaa, Evans, radio manufacturer Christopher Williams, jazz critic Miriam Zolin, jazz author and editor Sascha Feinstein, and musical director, Paul Grabowsky. Sascha Feinstein writes the foreword.

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