Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project...

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 made tribute albums exciting. Willner's Whoops, I'm an Indian project turns "Salt Peanuts" into a musical genre-hopping wild ride with the Kronos Quartet providing the screechy edge and Dr. John laying down some boogie. It could have been a royal mess, but it isn't. Dan the Automator bends the recordings with a smirk and funk, but he's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 made tribute albums exciting. Willner's Whoops, I'm an Indian project turns "Salt Peanuts" into a musical genre-hopping wild ride with the Kronos Quartet providing the screechy edge and Dr. John laying down some boogie. It could have been a royal mess, but it isn't. Dan the Automator bends the recordings with a smirk and funk, but he's totally outdone by the turntables of the X-Ecutioners, who scratch right along with an especially hot Parker solo. Me'Shell NdegéOcello plays some deep, intuitive bass to a rather choppy "Relaxin' at Camarillo," and "All the Shadows of Nuff" finds Garth Hudson's keyboards adding the needed lyrical touch to Willner's quick juxtaposition of four separate Parker tunes. System of a Down's frontman, Serj Tankian, provides the album's highlight, sounding like Tom Waits and Bono's love child on the eerie and yearning rave-up "Bird of Paradise Gone." Naysayers should hear RZA scatting along with Bird, El-P's trippy mix, or Hubert Laws' expressive flute runs before dismissing the album entirely. Too many likeminded productions with their echoes and crackles make the album easier to take in small doses. Bird Up at least captures the innovative spirit of Charlie Parker, doesn't do any damage to the icon of hip, and makes for an exciting listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041714725
  • Catalog Number: 17147
  • Sales rank: 337,109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Now's the Time (No Time Like Now) - Red Hawk (3:30)
  2. 2 Relaxin' at Camarillo (August 29) - MeShell NdegeOcello (5:59)
  3. 3 Salt Peanuts (the Mr. Peanuts Chronical) - Hal Willner's Whoops I'm An Indian (4:52)
  4. 4 Bird of Paradise (Gone) - Serj Tankian (3:54)
  5. 5 Congo Blues (Silencer) - Wild Children (3:51)
  6. 6 Bebop a - ZigZagZig (3:58)
  7. 7 Steeplechase (Sittin' on 22's) - Dan the Automator (4:04)
  8. 8 Cheers (X-Ecutioners Style) - The X-ecutioners (3:32)
  9. 9 A Night In Tunisia (Downpour) - Coconut Tree (3:39)
  10. 10 All the Shadows of Nuff - Hal Willner's Whoops I'm An Indian (3:53)
  11. 11 Perhaps (Someday the Roof Will Get Fixed) - Dan the Automator (3:46)
  12. 12 Barbados (Where Fish Fly) - Matthew Backer (4:14)
  13. 13 Constellation (Heavenly Bodies) - Stephanie Vezina (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. John Piano
Hubert Laws Flute
Kodo taiko
Martin Brumbach Group Member
Hank Dutt Viola
David Harrington Violin
Garth Hudson Synthesizer, Piano, Roland Synthesizer
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass
RZA Vocals
John Sherba Violin
Hal Willner Group Member
Ravi Coltrane Soprano Saxophone
The X-ecutioners scratching
Jennifer Culp Cello
Mocean Worker Group Member
Serj Tankian Vocals
Raymond Angry Hammond Organ
Redback Vocals
Astacio The Nudist Guitar
Stephanie Vezina Vocals
Coconut Tree Vocals
Deke Damascus Soprano Saxophone
Mermaids Background Vocals
Red Hawk Vocals
Wild Children Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Cotton Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Red Norvo Composer
Slam Stewart Composer
Choco Producer, Construction
Howard McGhee Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Matt Backer Producer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Chris "Daddy" Dave Programming, Producer
Eric Gast Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
MeShell NdegeOcello Producer, Construction
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
RZA Composer, Producer, Construction
Teddy Reig Producer
Larry Schreiber Producer
Ross Russell Producer
Matthew Cullen Engineer
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Dan the Automator Producer, Engineer, Construction
Rob Swift Producer, Engineer, Construction
Tom Luekens Pro-Tools
Serj Tankian Composer, Producer, Construction
Emily Lazar Mastering
Matthew Baker Producer, Engineer, Construction
Dave Dar Engineer
Scott Johnson Graphic Design
Stephen Prutsman String Arrangements
Nasa Engineer
Ari Raskin Engineer
Stephanie Vezina Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Michael Dobmeier Engineer
J.D. Martinson Executive Producer
Red Hawk Composer, Producer, Construction
Brando Rondo Producer
TP Big Beatz "The Professor" Engineer
Hal Willner's Whoops I'm An Indian Producer, Construction
EI P Producer, Engineer, Construction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charlie Parker Revived & Rejuvenated for the 21st Century!

    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

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