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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2003
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041714725
catalogNumber: 17147

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
X-ecutioners   scratching
Jennifer Culp   Cello
Mocean Worker   Group Member
Serj Tankian   Vocals
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
Ray Angry   Hammond Organ

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Red Norvo   Composer
Slam Stewart   Composer
Choco   Producer,Construction
Howard McGhee   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Matt Backer   Producer
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Eric Gast   Engineer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   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
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
Chris Dave   Programming,Producer

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Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project... 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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