Happy Birthdays to John Locke and Charlie Parker, born August 29, 1632 and 1920. John Locke wasn't the most systematic of philosophers, neither was he the most insightful, the clearest, nor most influential. To my mind, however, he was the most reasonable. He rarely exaggerated a point, often qualified to the point of muddying the water, and regarded himself merely as a station on our collective philosophical way. Although this combination of traits makes him seem at times needlessly complex and at times unnecessarily simplistic, it was his strength. He was a levelheaded man, philosophizing.
In his own way, within the post-WWII world of jazz improvisers Charlie Parker was the same -- the most reasonable.