Supersax - Chasin' The Bird (1977/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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Supersax - Chasin' The Bird (1977/2015) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Supersax - Chasin' The Bird (1977/1990/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 40:01 minutes | 831 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

For their fourth album, Supersax continued its practice of recreating recorded Charlie Parker solos harmonized for a full saxophone section. What was different this time around was that with one exception, all of the solos were taken from concerts rather than studio dates. The result is that the ensembles sound fresher (since Bird's live improvisations are generally not that well-known) and longer. Trumpeters Blue Mitchell and Conte Candoli, trombonist Frank Rosolino and pianist Lou Levy get solo space, and highlights include "Shaw Nuff", "Drifting on a Reed", "Dizzy Atmosphere" and a six-minute rendition of "Night In Tunisia".

After Louis Armstrong, alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker was arguably the most important innovator in jazz. His creativity and virtuosity revolutionized the music and ushered in the modern era. The Grammy award-winning group Supersax were a group of ace LA musicians who dedicated themselves to transcribing and playing Parker’s solos – a prodigious task that allows for a new listen to some of Bird’s masterful improvisations. Two altos, two tenors, and a baritone sax take on the challenge. The nine tracks concentrate on originals from Parker and fellow iconoclast Dizzy Gillespie. Supersax take Parker’s solo at lightning speed on Shaw ‘Nuff, while on the Gillespie classic Night In Tunisia they take on one of the most famous saxophone breaks in jazz in stride. A pristine Solo by trumpeter Blue Mitchell graces the piece. Drifting On A Reed is a super hip bebop blues with Bird’s quintessential blues solo. Trombone maestro Frank Rosolino demonstrates how bop is played on that instrument. There is the iconic Parker blues Now’s The Time, as well as the stratospheric sax lines on Gillespie’s Dizzy Atmosphere. It all ends with what musicians have been doing for more than a half century: Chasin’ The Bird. It’s high time this album re-emerges to fly again. It just goes to prove – Bird Lives – he’s a Phoenix.


01 - Shaw Nuff
02 - A Night in Tunesia
03 - Drifting on a Reed (Big Foot)
04 - The Song Is You
05 - Oop Bop Sh'bam
06 - 'Round Midnight
07 - Now's the Time
08 - Dizzy Atmosphere
09 - Chasin' the Bird

Produced by Hanns Georg Brunner-Schwer, Maurice Lathouwers & Med Flory.
Recorded in Hollywood at Paramount and Sound & Stage.
Digitally Remastered.

Joe Lopes - alto saxophone (on tracks 1 to 9)
Lanny Morgan - alto saxophone (on tracks 10)
Med Flory - alto saxophone
Jack Nimitz - baritone saxophone
Don Menza - tenor saxophone (on track 10)
Jay Migliori - tenor saxophone (on tracks 1 to 9)
Warne Marsh - tenor saxophone (on tracks 1 to 9)
Frank Rosolino - trombone (on tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 10)
Blue Mitchell - trumpet (on tracks 2, 9)
Conte Candoli - trumpet (on tracks 1, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Lou Levy - piano
Fred Atwood - bass
Jake Hanna - drums (on tracks 1, 4 to 9)
John Dentz - drums (on tracks 2, 3, 10)

Analyzed: Supersax / Chasin' the Bird

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR14 -1.17 dB -19.03 dB 4:25 01-Shaw Nuff
DR14 -1.75 dB -19.18 dB 6:07 02-A Night in Tunesia
DR14 -1.14 dB -17.36 dB 5:06 03-Drifting on a Reed (Big Foot)
DR13 -1.73 dB -17.60 dB 3:57 04-The Song Is You
DR14 -2.14 dB -18.22 dB 4:15 05-Oop Bop Sh'bam
DR15 -0.65 dB -19.06 dB 3:32 06-'Round Midnight
DR13 -1.58 dB -18.31 dB 3:37 07-Now's the Time
DR14 -1.16 dB -17.65 dB 5:22 08-Dizzy Atmosphere
DR14 -2.58 dB -19.48 dB 3:40 09-Chasin' the Bird

Number of tracks: 9
Official DR value: DR14

Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2757 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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