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Luciana Souza's 'Every Little Thing' from: The Passion of Charlie Parker makes WBGO's Take Five

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It can feel like we've seen every possible form of tribute to the alto saxophonist and bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, but The Passion of Charlie Parker has its own curious slant. The brainchild of producer Larry Klein, it might best be described as a biographical portrait in song, with Parker's melodies set to original lyrics (by David Baerwald) and sung by an all-star cast of contemporary vocalists. Luciana Souza does the honors on "Every Little Thing," a reinvention of the jaunty blues "Bloomdido." Her brisk execution recalls the vocalese flair of someone like Jon Hendricks. And as on the rest of the album, the band is tops: Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano, Ben Monder on guitar, Scott Colley on bass and Eric Harland on drums. The Passion of Charlie Parker is out digitally from Impulse!/Verve, and will be released in physical formats on June 30.

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