Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project...

Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project...

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The idea of an album that remixes the Savoy output of Charlie Parker may be horrifying for some, but before you join the purist mob take a gander at the names involved. Producer Matthew Backer has picked quite a crew of tasteful mavericks to remix the saxophonist, and Hal Willner's multiple appearances alone pay respect to the man who

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Forget the negative connotations usually associated with “remix” albums, Bird Up is an album that defies genre; a contemporary interpretation by artists who love Charlie Parker and want to pay tribute to his musical legacy. On this 13 track disc, artists from the RZA, Me’shell Ndegeocello, El-P, Dan the Automator, Garth Hudson and Dr. John contribute sounds and production that cross over the worlds of hip-hop, electronica, soul, roots and Cajun music. For Parker die-hards, this disc sheds light on the continuation of his influence through modern artists and styles. For the uninitiated, the familiarity of mainstream artists on this disc is the perfect catalyst for entrance into Parker’s back catalogue. Each artist leaves a piece of their own sound juxtaposed next to Parker’s signature sound, further evidence of this being in the vein of a tribute rather than a remix. From the X-ecutioners turntable assault on “Cheers (X-ecutioners Style)”, NdegeOcello’s funky bass lines on “Relaxin’ at the Camarillo (August 29)” to Garth Hudson’s synth-heavy take on the atmospheric “All the Shadows of Nuff”, the styles may seem uneven next to each other, but in fact show how many genres and styles of music Parker has influenced over generations. Many artists, such as System of A Down’s Serj Tankian have morphed Parker’s songs into identities of their own with both the music and a few lyrics thrown in as well. Tankian wrote lyrics and supplied vocals to Parker’s “Bird of Paradise (Gone).” While this album may cross many musical styles, the artists all share their love for Parker’s music and their freethinking approach towards