Legendary label Savoy Jazz, home to arguably the greatest jazz/bebop recordings ever made, is releasing Bird Up—The Charlie Parker Remix Project, an astounding tribute to the genius of Charlie "Yardbird" Parker on October 21st. Much more than just a conventional remix project, modern day musical iconoclasts from every genre have assembled to lay down their highly original interpretations of Parker's classic Savoy repertoire--circa 1944-1948.

Produced by Matthew Backer, Bird Up showcases a stable of fearless artists with a deep love and heartfelt respect for the transcendent artistry of Charlie Parker. From the Kronos Quartet to Serj Tankian of System of a Down, the sheer diversity of artists are a testament to the influence Parker had on musicians. All are insightful, visionary, and inspired--these aural interpreters have not just "phoned in" their grooves, scratches, beats, and blips; rather they've come to the table with fully realized musical dissertations redefining the soul of the original.

There was no set blueprint in the creation of Bird Up. Backer presented artists with original Charlie Parker tracks, including alternate takes, false starts, and other priceless gems. Sometimes ideas flew as solo statements and others landed as elements in inspired collaborations. Whether it's Hal Willner bringing together Dr. John, The Kronos Quartet, and Mocean Worker to reinterpret "Salt Peanuts" ("The Mr. Peanut Chronicles"), Me'Shell NdegeOcello magically reinventing "Relaxin' at Camarillo," or Serj Tankian's bold new interpretation of "Bird of Paradise (Gone)"--each track has a fiercely unique flavor. Having traveled such great artistic distances, most of the artists were inspired to re-title their tracks. Bird Up—The Charlie Parker Remix Project pulses with Parker's revolutionary spirit. It's a testament to breaking down barriers and moving forward into the future of artistic expression.

Listen to Bird Up on Rhapsody

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[Published on: 11/5/03]

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