Inspired by his love of the music of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa pays homage to the late bebop innovator on 2015’s Bird Calls.
For this album, he wrote pieces loosely based on Parker’s songs or parts of solos, combining his own creative approach to jazz with Indian raga, funk, post-bop, and other eclectic stylistic elements. With a stellar quintet of forward-thinking musicians, which features pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist François Moutin (Jean-Michel Pilc, Martial Solal), drummer Rudy Royston (Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas). some long-time collaborators as well as 20-year-old trumpet prodigy Adam O’Farrill, son of pianist and Afro Latin Jazz Alliance founder Arturo O’Farrill.
“Bird Calls” is an ACT Record