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: keyboards, piano
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls is a new recording of all original Mahanthappa compositions based on, and influenced by, Charlie Parker solos and tunes. The live project debuted at the 60th Anniversary Newport Jazz Festival on Friday, August 1, 2014 and was recorded in Brooklyn on August 4 & 5, 2014.
As Mahanthappa explains, “I’ve always thought of my work as being an extension of Charlie Parker’s vocabulary as both an improviser and composer. That is to say that ‘Bird’ provided us with a lifetime of tools and techniques with which we can create whatever we desire within a contemporary musical landscape.
“In examining ‘Bird’s’ work, one readily sees a great wealth of melodic and rhythmic substance as potential compositional material. In isolation, I observe that melody and solo fragments slightly removed from their original context result in promoting some of the most advanced and forward thinking musical concepts ever encountered. I have created new work with this as a foundation, as each composition is based on a Parker melody or solo. We are not playing Charlie Parker’s music at all but clearly demonstrating his legacy of Timeless Innovation.”
Charlie Parker passed away on March 12, 1955. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of his death. August 29, 2015 marks the 95th anniversary of his birthdate.
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