James Gavin: Deep in a Dream – The Long Night of Chet Baker
Gene Santoro, Nation, The, 27 June 2002
IT'S EASY TO rephrase Tolstoy's opening to Anna Karenina so it describes junkies, who all share an essential plot line: Who and how to hustle in order to score. But in the world of postwar jazz, Charlie Parker gave junk an unprecedented clout and artistic aura.
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