Muhal Richard Abrams: Charlie in the Parker
Charlie in the Parker
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano, synthesizer, voice)
1-OQA+19 (Black Saint 120017)
Composed by Muhal Richard Abrams.
Recorded: New York, December 1977
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
This piece features what I call a pyrotechnical melody. It is impressive that everyone is so synchronized, but still feels loose. During the solos, each musician moves through the melody at their own pace, always referencing it—kind of like what Thelonious Monk was prone to do, or any good soloist. The performance feels like a free version of Dixieland group improvisation. Muhal shifts back and forth between comping and soloing brilliantly. The energy in this piece never wanes. This “in-your-face” performance is breathtaking.
Reviewer: Jason Moran