BirdParker are considered the leaders of the bop (or bebop) movement in modern jazz . Gillespie's playing was characterized by intelligent musicianship and technical facility.
See his autobiography, To Be or Not to Bop (1979); biographies by M. James (1961), B. McRae (1988), and A. Shipton (1999).
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