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There are jazz musicians who seem bent on roaming through the back roads of their genre, despite their status as masters. This has always been the case with saxophonist Charles McPherson, who is now determined to show in clubs all the reasons that make him one of the last remnants of the most genuine and authentic bop tradition.
The concerts of this well-nigh octogenarian musician translate into an exemplary exercise on how to interpret the essence of bebop, a style in which he has persevered since his beginnings, when he was in the groups of patriarchs such as pianist Barry Harris or his fellow saxophonists Yusef Lateef and Eric Dolphy. So there can be no doubt in this regard, his first album as a leader, back in 1964, was called “Bebop revisited!”
McPherson, who has also worked with Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer and Wynton Marsalis, to mention just a few, is a noble and sincere instrumentalist, the kind of man who doesn’t hide tricks up his sleeve. He blows into his instrument in an energetic and voluminous way, often uncovering highly personal expressions. And, just to complete his profile, it is good to know that he advised Clint Eastwood in his film “Bird” and during the recording of the soundtrack, it was he who performed the solos credited to Charlie Parker.
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Alto sax: Charles Mcpherson.
Piano: Bruce Barth.
Double bass: Darryll Hall.
Drums: Stephen Keogh.