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Latinbird [Digipak]

  • 1. Chi Chi
    2. Si Si
    3. Visa
    4. Blue Bird
    5. 'Round Midnight
    6. Barbados
    7. Steeplechase
    8. Moods of Parker
    9. Donna Lee
    10. He Flew Away Too Soon
    11. Buzzy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57

  • Credits
    ProducerT.K. Blue
    EngineerTom Tedesco

    Personnel: T.K. Blue (flute, alto saxophone); Steve Turre (trombone); Theo Hill (piano); Essiet Essiet, Essiet Okon Ossiet (acoustic bass, electric bass); Willie Martinez, Lewis Nash (drums); Roland Guerrero (congas, percussion).
    Recording information: Tedesco Studios (06/20/2010/06/22/2010).
    Photographer: R. Andrew Lepley.
    Arranger: T.K. Blue.
    T.K. Blue has been well known for his work with Randy Weston, in addition to his own CDs. These live performances from two nights at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola are a tribute to Charlie Parker, emphasizing the Latin numbers composed and recorded by the alto saxophonist in the early '50s. Blue, who doubles on alto sax and flute, arranged all of the selections and is joined by trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Theo Hill, percussionists Willie Martinez, Roland Guerrero, and Lewis Nash, and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet. "Chi Chi" is a boisterous opener in a lively Afro-Cuban setting, while "Barbados" is recast as a calypso, with the band trading fours in a fun-filled performance. Parker's "Donna Lee" begins and ends with an infectious Brazilian rhythm, though the centerpiece is played as a jazz waltz. Blue takes a fresh approach to "Steeplechase" by playing it a bit more laid-back, giving it a funky backbeat with Essiet's electric bass. There's no Latin air to the saxophonist's dramatic interpretation of "'Round Midnight," which features Blue's powerful solo accompanied solely by Essiet, along with a luxurious solo by Hill. Blue's originals include the bluesy "Moods of Parker" (based in part upon "Parker's Mood") and the brilliant unaccompanied "He Flew Away Too Soon." Highly recommended. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.54) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The playful 'Buzzy,' with which LATIN BIRD regains its churning, danceable momentum, is a fitting coda to a recording that establishes a new generation of Bird songs."
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