On first glance, Charlie Watts
would seem to be a funny choice to include in a jazz book for he is the longtime drummer of the Rolling Stones
. However, jazz was Watts
' first love and in the 1980s he toured worldwide with a huge big band that included many of England's top musicians (giving one a chance to hear Evan Parker
play "Lester Leaps In!"). In 1991, he organized an excellent bop quintet (featuring altoist Peter King
) that paid tribute to Charlie Parker
, justifying Watts
' place in any jazz history book.