Dexterity (song)

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"Dexterity" is a 1947 jazz composition by saxophonist Charlie Parker, which has become a jazz standard. It has since been covered by artists such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago for the album Message to Our Folks in 1969,[1] Roy Hargrove for Parker's Mood) and Alex Riel for the album Riel Atin').[2] In B-flat major, the tune is based on the changes to Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm", composed for the Broadway musical Girl Crazy in 1930. The B section to the tune includes the whole of the ensemble.[3]


  1. ^ Miedema, Harry (1975). Alto sax: a history of the jazz alto saxophone via recorded solos, transcribed and annotated. Down Beat. p. 50.
  2. ^ "Dexterity". Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  3. ^ The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1998. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-313-29168-5.