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PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:40 pm
by Chris P

The nickname was a combined tribute to Parker’s outsized appetite and his far-sightedness. A literal on-the-road incident: speeding to a country gig, the car Parker was in ran over some farmer’s ‘yardbird’. Everyone else in the car saw dead poultry; Parker, always one thought ahead, saw that night’s chicken in the pot

and there I was naively thinking it was due to the flight of his playing, I'll have to stack this one next to Cannonball Adderley in the appetite nicknames

Re: Birditis

PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:53 pm
by Adam Blake
Thanks, Chris. Will savour essay anon. I love that Parker still demands such close attention. I don't listen to him very often anymore but whenever I do, it's like I never left. Obsession descends like a benign cloud and nothing else matters but how did he do it?