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Monday February 09, 2015

From The New York Times

Reviews: Rudresh Mahanthappa and Father John Misty Get Deep
By: Ben Ratliff and Jon Caramanica

“This album is not a tribute to Charlie Parker,” the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa writes in the linear notes to “Bird Calls.” That’s about 50 percent disputable, or, to put it another way, just true enough that he could have made the album without any reference to Parker, in its titles or otherwise.

The pieces of “Bird Calls” — a strong new record by a strong new quintet — are not versions of Charlie Parker songs. Nor are they new melodies based on their chord changes — a process that is such a normal part of jazz that it doesn’t need any explanation when other people do it on their records.

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