Bird Songs - Joe Lovano Us Five
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  • Summary: The Grammy-award winning saxophonist's latest album is a collection of Charlie "Bird" Parker songs recorded with Lovano's band, the Us Five.
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  1. Mar 17, 2011
    100
    Lovano's total authority over the materials and his instruments glows through every track.
  2. Parker's music is approached from a post-Coltrane, post-free jazz aesthetic, with the rhythmic edginess of bebop elided into an all-the-time-in-the-world fluidity. A masterpiece.
  3. 88
    Sticking mostly to his usual tenor sax instead of adopting Parker's alto, Lovano isolates the strands of Parker's musical DNA and shows how they're part of the music's ongoing regeneration.
  4. Feb 1, 2011
    80
    Parker's compositions are not played as he intended (speedily, with torrents of notes); Lovano upends them, infusing them with modern sensibilities
  5. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Bird Songs is unpretentious and as good a "mainstream" jazz record as you're likely to hear these days.
  6. 75
    Though a showcase for history, Lovano and his band expertly show the many ways these classics can still throw sparks.
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    The best stuff here isn't all that tough to love, however.

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