Note: Track 4 is NOT clean for airplay. It has several spoken "motherfuckers" and a "fuck you."
Tom McCarter Reviewed 2017-08-26
FCCs: #4 (fuck & motherfucker)
Review: terrific concept: several leading jazz vocalists create songs based on Parker's tunes to tell a story about the man. And there are some fabulous performances here with outstanding sax solos on almost every track.
Track Review (favorites denoted by an *):
1/ Meet Charlie Parker (6:21) - guitar starts> midtempo song> fabulous sax solo> song> slow fade *2/ The Epitaph Of Charlie Parker (3:55) drums start> sung like a sax solo> midtempo jam> sax solo> song> quick stop *3/ Yardbird Suite (4:52) - bass starts> midtempo song> cascading sax solo> song> scat solo> quick fade on vocal 4/ So Long (7:57) - Drums start> slow tempo song> soaring sax solo with spacey bed into the outer limits> song> slow fade 5/ Every Little Thing (3:23) - piano starts> uptempo song> funky sax solo> quick stop 6/ Central Avenue (1:29) - synth starts> slow tempo instrumental> fade *7/ Los Angeles (4:19) - bass starts> midtempo song> spacey sax solo swings uptempo> quick stop *8/Live My Love Foe You (3:45) - midtempo bossa nova> sultry sax solo> song> quick stop *9/ Fifty Dollars (6:51) - bass starts> spacey slow tempo jam with spoken word> spacey sax> space jam swings uptempo> song> slow fade 10/ The King Of 52nd Street (3:40) - drums> uptempo song> understated but swinging sax solo> song> quick stop 11/ Salle Playel (1:02) - piano starts> slow tempo instrumental> slow fade *12/ Apres Vous (2:47) - crowd noise starts> vocal/ uptempo song>scat solo> sax solo> quick stop