I chose Un Poco Loco by Bud Powell for the analysis because this composition stands apart among other compositions on the list. On the one hand, we easily track the traits of Charlie Parker’s style in it. On the other hand, the unusual blend of piano and drums adds a unique nerve to the music turning a piece of storytelling into a thrilling alarm or an insisting call for action. These elements of thrill and anxiety make this composition sound special to me so that I can be sure that I will distinguish it among hundreds of other jazz compositions.
It is rather problematic to define the message this music translates. As noted before, the composition goes far beyond the plain storytelling. Instead, it appeals to the listener imposing its nerve on them and stimulating them to respond. The fast rhythm of the music, which only gains tempo as the composition develops, makes a powerful impression. The listener is almost suppressed by the demanding tone of the composition. At the end, the rhythm becomes so haunting that one can hardly bear it. I shall also point out that the thrilling intonation is skillfully enhanced by the choice of the instruments. Thus, such an abundance of drum sound – in the second part, the piano is almost completely suppressed with drums – is not typical for jazz music. In this view, Un Poco Loco is a very special composition which unites the melodic sounds of the piano with monotonously dynamic and even aggressive beats of the drum.
In conclusion, it can be argued that the jazz of the 40s is the music which has no age for its forms and styles are so diverse that it can easily fit in any epoch. I believe that it can be still defined as modern music because this music is universal both in terms of the instruments involved and the rhythms used.