Television: Fascinating Rhythms

Jazz, Ken Burns' brilliant 10-part history of the music and its makers, hits all the high notes

Hank Williams? He's on the juke box, singing about long country roads and broken hearts, and there is Charlie Parker, the man who turned jazz inside out as if he'd just pulled it through the sleeve of his coat, listening. Entranced. A bystander asks Bird to explain what he's doing paying such close attention to music that is so beyond--no, beneath--the jazz horizon. Parker has an easy answer. "Listen to the stories," he says, and keeps on listening.

The massive series Ken Burns and his associates have shaped into some 17 1/2 hours of Jazz is full of stories, this one...

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