Supersax Plays Bird (Blue Note 96264)
Arranged by Med Flory. Composed by Charlie Parker.
Recorded: Los Angeles, 1973
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
In 1947, an awestruck fanatic named Dean Benedetti followed Charlie Parker from gig to gig, setting up amateur recording equipment to capture every note—but, since discs and tapes were costly whereas Dean was poor, only Bird's notes; Dean shut off his recorder whenever others soloed. Thirty years later, Med Flory exhibited similar demented hero worship by arranging Bird's transcribed solos for full sax section, which he and his buddies nailed to a note-for-note tee. While this may seem like the devotional excess only lunatics could love, it's actually a joy even for relatively sane jazz listeners. "Ko-Ko" is loco but magnífico.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz