I had heard enough stories about Bird to know that if you took him to an airport and went to make a phone call, that was a mistake. So I stayed with him all the time. I took him to the plane, we traveled together, I put him in his hotel. At the end of the job I knew that I was going to have to take Bird back to New York because I didn’t want him winding up in Alaska. So after the gig I took him back to New York and placed him at the door of his basement. I didn’t want to be the man who lost Charlie Parker.
from Paul Bley & The Transformation of Jazz