That wasn't always the case. I had a really challenging time learning to play this music. First, because it's really pretty hard. Second, because I had a sort of resistance to learning it. I wanted to play "my own" sounds. Today, I still want to play "my own" sounds, but I realize now how helpful learning the language of bebop is in helping find those sounds.
This last Sunday, I went to an afternoon jam session run by a great pianist named Scott Martin at a local coffee shop. Here's a recording from the session.
Scrapple From the Apple - By Charlie Parker
Scott Martin - Piano
Patrick McDevitt - Bass
Alwyn Robinson - Snare Drum
Danny Meyer - Saxophone
Since then, I have been reflecting on why I love playing bebop. I think it's because it feels like dancing. I think it's the closest to dancing you can get with two left feet. Sadly, have two left feet. Luckily, I have bebop.