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Swingmatism is a jazz standard, composed by William Scott, and featuring Charlie Parker.[1] It was originally recorded on April 30 1941 with Gus Johnson, though the best known version dates to 1942. According to author Dave Oliphant it "illustrates how, with a good 'swing' rhythm section, one can play bebop and still have it fit."[2] The tune, composed in F Minor,[3] is noted for its "sixteen-bar sections in the minor and modulation to the parallel major, through the use of a diminished chord".[1]


  1. ^ a b Koch, Lawrence O. (1 January 1988). Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker. Popular Press. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-87972-260-9.
  2. ^ Oliphant, Dave (1996). Texan Jazz. University of Texas Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-292-76045-5.
  3. ^ Woideck, Carl (1998). Charlie Parker: His Music and Life. University of Michigan Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-472-08555-7.