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Stefano di Battista: Parker’s Mood

The 35 year-old Italian alto saxophonist Stefano Di Battista is another apparent beneficiary of the jazz recording world’s infatuation with young guys who play like old guys (or even better, dead dudes). Di Battista’s latest has him leading a quintet, re-creating tunes associated with Charlie Parker-and I do mean re-creating, for many of the arrangements are taken off Bird’s old Dial, Savoy and Norman Granz recordings essentially verbatim. Di Battista hasn’t a qualm about appropriating Bird’s improvisations. He mimics Parker’s famous “Night in Tunisia” break and large swaths of Bird’s solo from the issued master of “Parker’s Mood” almost note for note.

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