Absolutely. I've heard criticisms of Parker from him having a thin sound to being a lick player in his last years. As for having a thin sound if you listen to his Now's the Time album it's anything but thin. As for his last years where do you go when you've already played everything that could be played in a given style of jazz. As someone once said even his worst solos were better than the best of his contemporaries. "Just Friends" is on of my favorites, that's for sure. Just beautiful. Parker is the inspiration that really made me want to play music and still is. I don't try to play like him because I think people should develop their own style and I don't have the kind of chops he had but then who does? I think the word genius is used far too freely and applied to far too many musicians, good as they may be, but in Parker's case it is absolutely true. For a few years I wouldn't even listen to anyone but Parker though of course I now listen to a lot of players but Parker was a true original in every sense of the word. He changed the course of jazz forever.