Writings about Music

Not Included In Jazz Books To Date

Benny Goodman and Charlie Parker

I may be the first writer to have this stunning insight...

"A key part of Charlie Parker's innovative sound and style was evolved from the piercing intensity of Benny Goodman's clarinet adopted to the lower pitched alto saxophone, together with broad outlines of improvisational lines, form, swing and feel." (excerpt from Benny and Bird)

...part of my innovative nature. Hopefully others will welcome a major new insight not included in jazz books to date. Some may be unable to recognize it.

Writing is a learning process and I enjoy uncovering the truth of jazz history as I'm certain both Benny Goodman and Charlie Parker would approve of, as would my jazz teacher who later on became an intimate friend, too, Lee Konitz.

I was told ten years ago by the co-director of a major jazz department that my writings about music deserve to be published in books, so if you're in agreement, and are in a position to do so, here is the contact page.

- Michael Robinson, May 2024, Los Angeles


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Michael Robinson is a Los Angeles-based composer, programmer, pianist and musicologist. His 199 albums include 152 albums for meruvina and 47 albums of piano improvisations. Robinson has been a lecturer at UCLA, Bard College and California State University Long Beach and Dominguez Hills.