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A perfect cast of characters on - The Passion of Charlie Parker / Jazz Weekly review

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Here is a great idea, with almost a perfect cast of characters. Producer Larry Klein celebrates the music and life of Charlie Parker by using the famed alto saxist's songs for vehicles of musical narration by an A team of singers. With Madeleine Peyroux doing a slow and simmering "Ornithology" as "Meet Charlie Parker," Gregory Porter slowing down "Yardbird Suite" to a soulful strut, Luciana Souza gently articulating "Bloomdido" via "Every Little Thing" and Kurt Elling waxing eloquence like a guide on a "Moose the Mooch'd" "Los Angeles," the recipe seems like a sure winner.

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