The RZA, The X-ecutioners, Dan The Automator, El-P
and a diverse mix of other artists have come together to release Bird Up: The
Charlie Parker Remix Project.
The remix project, produced by Matthew Backer,
took artists from every genre of music, granted the artists access to the original
Parker recordings, including alternate takes and false starts, and allowed them
to create and compose their own interpretations of his music.
"Charlie Parker was a revolutionary head,
a true rebel," Backer told AllHipHop.com "He’s had such a lasting
influence and he was so uncompromising with his art. Anybody who stands for
freedom, innovation and forward thinking, comes from the flame that Bird lit
The interpretations consist of Parker’s Savoy
material, which was recorded during 1944-1948.
"A lot of the artists carry the spirit of
Bird, whether they know it or not," Backer continued. "They extracted
elements they felt akin to and put them in their own setting. They put all
of their own feeling into their pieces."
When the artist was finished interpreting Parker’s
version of each particular song, the artist also renamed the song to reflect
the new version.
And what does Backer say to the purists who may
look down upon artists from a new generation reworking classic material?
"Three words," Backer said. "Bird
Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project,
hits stores October 21st.
The artist/track listing is as follows. The title
in parentheses is the renamed composition:
1. "Now’s The Time (No Time Like Now)"
Red Hawk and Deke Damascus
2. "Relaxin’ At Camarillo (August 29)"
3. "Salt Peanuts (The Mr. Peanut Chronicles)"
Hal Willner, Dr. John, The Kronos Quartet, Mocean Worker
4. "Bebop (Live At the Rooftop)" Choco,
5. "Bird of Paradise (Gone)" Serj Tankian
6. "Congo Blues (Silencer)" Donk, Ravi
Coltrane, Wild Children, Hubert Laws, Kodo
7. "Steeplechase (Sittin’ on 22’s)"
Dan The Automator
8. "Cheers (X-ecutioners Style)" The
9. "A Night In Tunisia (Downpour)"
Donk, The Coconut Tree, Kodo
10. "All the Shadows of Nuff" Hal Willner,
Garth Hudson of The Band, Mocean Worker
11. "Perhaps (Someday the Roof Will Get
Fixed)" Dan The Automator
12. "Barbados (Where Fish Fly)"Matthew
Backer, Hubert Laws, Redback
13. "Constellation (Heavenly Bodies)"
El-P, Stephanie Vezina.