Title：Bird Up! The
Charlie Parker Remix Project
Up!" found a permanent home in our five-disk-changer,
we will admit that it sat for months, unreviewed, unappreciated
and just plain unopened. We thought, "Another bunch
of DJs, turntablists, and latter-day funksters get turned
loose in the vaults of a jazz legend, Charlie Parker." There
was US2 messing up "Blue Note," Thievery Corp
(and the like) having their way with "Verve," Jazzmatazz
making jazz palatable for us kiddies with modern beats,
loops, scratches, and MCs. So we got around to listening
to "Bird Up!" and, well, son of a gun! If this
ain't the dopest thing we've laid our ears on in ages.
The wide-ranging artists on this project don't treat
us like children. They re-construct Charlie Parker's
music. We get Me'shell Ndegeocello's sophisticated urban
funk on "Relaxin' at Camarillo," Rob Swift
of the X-ecutioners making like Picasso on the turntables
giving us an aural cubist version of "Cheers." Serj
Tankian (from System of a Down!) gets trippy on "Bird
of Paradise." Dan the Automator drops a couple of
mind-blowing remixes--nay, re-combinations--which are
faves around here. The spirit of Charlie Parker is remixed.
His tunes are refocused, reunited, remembered and respected.