Various Artists – The Passion Of Charlie Parker (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 50:21 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front Cover | © Impulse Records
Impulse!/Verve present “The Passion of Charlie Parker”, an album of iconic Parker songs transformed through the addition of lyrics to create a musical play that narrates Bird’s life. Produced by Larry Klein with lyrics by David Baerwald, the album features actor Jeffrey Wright in the role of Parker as narrator, with vocals provided by Wright, Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Barbara Hannigan, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling and Camille Bertault.
This ambitious project reimagines the music of Charlie Parker with lyrics that tell the story of Parker’s life. Produced by Grammy winner Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) with lyrics by David Baerwald, the album features actor Jeffrey Wright portraying Parker as narrator, while Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Barbara Hannigan, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling and Camille Bertault lend their voices. The singers are backed by a superb band consisting of pianist Craig Taborn, saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitarist Ben Monder, bassists Larry Grenadier and Scott Colley and drummers Mark Giuliana and Eric Harland.
01. Madeleine Peyroux – Meet Charlie Parker (Chan’s Overture) [Vocal Version Of “Ornithology”]
02. Barbara Hannigan – The Epitaph Of Charlie Parker (The Funeral) [Vocal Version Of “Visa”]
03. Gregory Porter – Yardbird Suite (A Genius In His Youth) [Vocal Version]
04. Jeffrey Wright – So Long (Exodus To New York City) [Vocal Version Of “K.C. Blues”]
05. Luciana Souza – Every Little Thing (The Song Of The Acolyte) [Vocal Version Of “Bloomdido”]
06. Central Avenue (A Dark Journey To Los Angeles) [Interlude]
07. Kurt Elling – Los Angeles (The Dealer’s Song) [Vocal Version Of “Moose The Mooche”]
08. Kandace Springs – Live My Love For You (Chan’s Love Song) [Vocal Version Of “My Little Suede Shoes”]
09. Jeffrey Wright – Fifty Dollars (Angels And Demons) [Vocal Version Of “Segment”]
10. Melody Gardot – The King Of 52nd Street (Chan’s Declaration) [Vocal Version Of “Scrapple From The Apple”]
11. Salle Pleyel (The Journey To Paris) [Interlude]
12. Camille Bertault – Après vous (The Apotheosis Of Charlie Parker) [Vocal Version Of “Au Privave”]
Produced by Larry Klein. Recorded in 2016 by Andy Taub at Brooklyn Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Vocalists – see tracklisting
Donny McCaslin – tenor saxophone
Ben Monder – guitar
Craig Taborn – piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 organ
Scott Colley – bass on all tracks except “1,9,11”
Larry Grenadier – bass on “1,9”
Eric Harland – drums on all tracks except “3”; vibraphone on “6”
Mark Guiliana – drums on track “3”