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Discussion in 'Jazz / Commercial' started by trumpet, Jan 3, 2004.
What is your favorite Bird Composition, mine would have to be Donna Lee
I donâ€™t actually know which tune of Birdâ€™s I could pick as a favorite. Iâ€™ve never heard one I didnâ€™t like. They are consistently inventive and always filled with harmonic integrity. Itâ€™s hard for me to understand why the earlier swing players found his music to be so far out.
I think Miles Davis wrote that tune - he wrote this in his autobiography: "I wrote a tune for the album called 'Donna Lee,' which was the first tune of mine that was ever recorded. But when the record came out it listed Bird as the composer. It wasn't Bird's fault, though. The record company just made a mistake and I didn't lose no money or nothing."
My favourite Bird tune would probably be "Yardbird Suite".
Despite the Miles biography citation, Donna Lee is a Parker composition.
Are you sure? If so - I'd be interested to know where you heard that. Miles did make up a lot of stuff.
That is interesting, Donna Lee reminds me more of Bird's energy than Mile's Coolness. Well, if I can't pick Donna Lee, then Anthropology.
Look guys. Donna Lee is not only a Bird tune but it's a FAMOUS Bird Tune. But it you want a diffinitive source as proof try the Aebersold play-along called "All Bird". And, of course, there it is clearly attributed to Charlie Parker.
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I think we've stumbled across a contentious issue.
Gil Evans seemed to think it was a Davis tune, as he asked his permission to use it for a big band arrangement for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra.
I'm currently reading "So What", a Miles biography by John Szwed (I recommend it, it's very interesting) and he writes something about this:
Szwed also raises this intersting point: