Various Artists

Flutin' the Bird...Bird Lives!

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Six Charlie Parker songs are performed by four flutists on this fine LP put out by Muse in 1986. Taken from Savoy sessions, Herbie Mann and altoist Phil Woods team up on "Yardbird Suite" while Mann takes "Bluebird" with a quartet that also includes pianist Hank Jones. The other four songs are performed by an unusual septet arranged by Billy Ver Planck and comprised of Frank Wess, Bobby Jaspar and Seldon Powell on flutes (Jaspar also plays some clarinet and Powell doubles on tenor) along with trombonist Frank Rehak, Eddie Costa on piano and vibes, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Bobby Donaldson. Although very much a bop album, by showcasing flutes (an instrument rarely used in a jazz setting during Charlie Parker's lifetime) this set also shows how much jazz had advanced in the three years since Bird's death.