(Aug. 27, 2003) *This may turn out to be one of those eclectic sets that everyone’s gonna wish they got their hands on in a decade or so.
Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project, is slated to feature some of Hip-Hop’s most creative and original producers, as well as great musicians from other genres, in remixing some of Bird’s great hits.
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.
The interpretations consist of Parker’s Savoy Records material, which was recorded during 1944-1948. When each artist was finished interpreting Parker’s version of each particular song, the artist also renamed the song to reflect the new version.
Bird Up: The Charlie Parker Remix Project, hits stores October 21. Don’t be surprised if this raises a few hackles form the jazz-purist crowd.