Blue, T.K. / Latin Bird
Album:Latin Bird Collection:Jazz
Artist:Blue, T.K. Added:Mar 2011
Label:Motema Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-03-20 Pull Date:2011-05-22 Charts:Jazz
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Recent Airplay
1.Nov 14, 2014:Rebop
Chi Chi
4.May 30, 2011:meow for memomorial day!
Si Si, Round Midnight
2.Nov 05, 2013:Sunshine . . . in the Afternoon
5.May 20, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
3.Aug 03, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
Round Midnight
6.May 13, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Round Midnight

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-03-19 
T.K. BLUE: Latin Bird
Motéma, 2011

LATIN/BOP – Blue, a veteran saxophonist and longtime associate of Randy Weston, offers up a tribute to Charlie Parker that takes Bird’s blues repertoire and fuses it with an array of Latin/Caribbean rhythms. Good-time mainstream jazz with a solid cast of musicians, very likeable stuff.

T.K. Blue : alto sax & flute
Theo Hill : piano
Essiet Okon Essiet : bass
Willie Martinez, Lewis Nash : drums
Roland Guerrero : percussion
Steve Turre : shells, trombone (1,2,4)

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10

1. 5:02 – perky intro, shifts to upbeat clave; solos for shells, flute, timbales
2. 4:40 – happy Cuban groove with twisty melody and swinging solos
3. 4:29 – New Orleans strut, lots of snare drum: fun rhythm interplay in the middle
4. 6:18 – nice lounging tempo, sultry atmosphere, very cool trombone solo
5. 7:58 – duo/quartet really nails this standard: an expressive, rich after-hours feel
6. 4:04 – calypso march: sax, piano, bass take turns over percussion groove
7. 4:02 – snappy cool-cat slide through a slinky tune, some unexpected harmonies
8. 4:43 – sweet intro, then a lazy blues crawl… nice
9. 4:48 – bouncy samba, shifts to a lilting waltz during the solos, returns to samba
10. 2:38 – solo saxophone: free-roaming and very expressive
11. 3:39 – upbeat clave groove with brief solos all around; long, slow fade-out

[ Fo ] 03/19/11

Track Listing
1.Chi Chi 6.Barbados
2.Si Si 7.Steeplechase
3.Visa 8.Moods Of Parker
4.Blue Bird 9.Donna Lee
5.Round Midnight 10.He Flew Away Too Soon