Canada’s P. J. Perry has long been a monster alto player in the mode of Phil Woods. He and Woods possess similar tones and generally agree as to how to deal with the legacy of Charlie Parker. But Time Flies, recorded live in 2003 and 2004, is evidence that Perry is among the best altoists on the scene today. A glance at the program sets up the stylistic expectations, as it includes Bud Powell’s “Tempus Fugit,” Horace Silver’s “St. Vitus’ Dance” and Gigi Gryce’s “Social Call.” Sure enough, Perry and colleagues, among them trumpeter/flugelhornist Bobby Shew, remain true to the bop/hard-bop origins of the tunes.
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