The Stryker / Slagle Band: Bird Flew


Bird Flew


The Stryker / Slagle Band


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Dave Stryker (guitar), Steve Slagle (alto sax), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Billy Hart (drums), Jay Anderson (bass).

Composed by Dave Stryker


Recorded: New Paltz, NY, June 6, 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

A catchy tune based on "Confirmation" changes. Special guest Joe Lovano's thoughtful solo toys with the rhythm, staccato jabs mixing with overtoned shrieks. Slagle follows insinuatingly in his distinctive free-bop style. Stryker enters blues-inflected with added Wes Montgomery chording. Robust exchanges between spark-plug Hart and the frontline players leads to the theme's satisfying reprise. Stryker and Slagle's over two-decade association continues to enrich us.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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