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Artist’s Choice: Peter and Will Anderson on Diz and Bird

At the front lines of the creation of bebop

Dizzy Gillespie
Peter and Will Anderson

At age 10 we both started on the alto sax, and fell in love with Charlie Parker. The two of us were jamming a lot together, and were fascinated by the way Bird and Diz phrased two horns that sounded like one. Bird and Diz are two of our favorite improvisers and composers, and worked together as a two-horn front line better than any other duo. They had a great knowledge of early jazz, influenced by Lester Young, Roy Eldridge and the John Kirby Sextet, among others.

All tracks feature Charlie Parker, alto sax; and Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet.

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