CMJ - 9/17/01, p.25
"If anybody among today's active jazzmen is going to do a Charlie Parker tribute, it should be drummer Roy Haynes....a great idea that's well-executed."
Down Beat - 2/02, pp.57-83.5 stars out of 5
- "...a quality project....Haynes motivates the proceedings with a ceaseless shower of syncopations, some heavy, some barely audible, some dark, some silvery, all crisp..."
Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Dave Kikoswki (piano); Dave Holland (bass).
Recorded at Clinton Recording Studio, New York, New York on March 26-27, 2001. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual Or Group.
Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); Kenny Garrett (alto saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Dave Kikoski (piano).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studio, New York, NY (03/26/2001-03/27/2001).
Roy Haynes is undoubtedly one of the most influential drummers in modern jazz. However, his unique ability to assemble and lead outstanding bands has been largely overlooked. On this 2001 release, Haynes pays tribute to his former employer, the great Charlie "Bird" Parker. Haynes is joined here by trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bassist Dave Holland and others in an all-star band. Together, this ensemble creates fresh renditions of many of Parker's most beloved tunes including "Moose the Mooch" and "Yardbird Suite."
In addition, Haynes and company offer playful versions of two Cole Porter tunes, "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Quite often, this album stretches out past the boundaries of bebop into the harmonically looser post-bop or modal realm. Still, inspired playing is rendered here by all, especially Haynes, who at 76 continues to display a spry technique. Highlights include the bluesy "Now's the Time" and the little-known Parker bossa nova "Barbados."