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Bird Calls ★★★★ ACT

Char­lie Parker con­tin­ues to cast a long shadow, par­tic­u­larly on alto sax­o­phon­ists, and trib­utes to “Bird” are not ex­actly thin on the ground, but Ru­dresh Ma­han­thappa’s lat­est re­lease is less of a trib­ute and more of a progress re­port. Rather than re­gur­gi­tate be-bop, or at­tempt to sim­u­late Parker’s brand of melodic in­ven­tion, the highly-re­garded Asian-Amer­i­can sax­o­phon­ist of­fers a vis­ceral set of his own com­po­si­tions that, while ref­er­enc­ing cer­tain Parker melodies, em­brace the fu­ture as much as the past. A high-pow­ered group, that in­cludes trum­peter Adam O’Far­rill and pi­anist Matt Mitchell, rises ad­mirably to the chal­lenge, none more so than the leader who is rapidly be­com­ing a lead­ing ex­po­nent of the tra­di­tion to which Parker gave so much im­pe­tus.

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