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Latinbird
     

Latinbird

by 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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Motema Music
UPC:
0181212000573
catalogNumber:
57

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

T.K. Blue   Primary Artist,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Lewis Nash   Drums,Trap Kit,Guest Appearance
Essiet Essiet   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Essiet Okon Ossiet   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Steve Turre   Trombone,Shells,Guest Appearance
Willie Martinez   Drums,Trap Kit
Theo Hill   Piano
Roland Guerrero   Percussion,Conga

Technical Credits

Cootie Williams   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
T.K. Blue   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Tedesco   Engineer
Brian Grady   Videography,Cover Portrait
Kim Bressant   Executive Producer

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