Dizzy was fool, in more ways than one. In addition to being a grade A clown and general asshole the man was supremely gifted musically. I mean just thinking about doing something this over the top, much less actually pulling it off, shows that the man simply did not adhere to the same basic laws of physics as the rest of us.
He was a musical god who strode the earth as a mere mortal. At the time of this clip he was no longer a young man but still fully in control of his gifts. He, along with a handful of other gods monk, bird, klook etcetera, had already changed the course of history (a couple, three times) by sheer force of will. And when its been a little while since you last changed the course of history, sometimes you have to strut your stuff, just so folks don't forget that there are thunderbolts in those jowls. Here you have a peacock with all his plumage in full bloom.
Diz was usually outwardly a very humble man in appearance. Not here. His mojo was working and he knew it too. I have never seen the man strut about the stage more confidently than in this clip. I mean come on, doing bebop with a big band at bat out of hell tempo and making it look easy.
Sometimes you just have to put on your pimp coat and make'em sit back and behold the awesome power of a fully functioning starship.
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