Episode Detail: Risk (1945-1955) - Jazz
"Risk" (Part 8 of 10) covers the years 1945-55. "The swing era is over," says narrator Keith David, "and jazz had moved on"---to a "risk"-filled music called bebop. The focus here is on Charlie Parker, bop's heroin-wracked abiding genius; and Dizzy Gillespie, its "central organizing figure," as critic Stanley Crouch calls him. Also profiled: Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, the Modern Jazz Quartet, and L.A. "cool" jazzmen Gerry Mulligan and Dave Brubeck.