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Bird Lives
Red Rodney
Bird Lives
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All Artists: Red Rodney
Title: Bird Lives
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Muse Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1989
Re-Release Date: 3/16/1994
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016565537110, 016565537141, 016565537127

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A little-known gem
Wild Bill Jones | Interstate 10 | 10/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The previous reviewer said a lot of the most important things. I wanted to add that "Chasin' The Bird" has great work from all concerned, including a surprise "silent" break from the great and undersung Detroit drummer Roy Brooks, and that "I'll Remember April" is a thoroughly exhilarating performance, with one of Barry Harris' best recorded solos and great exchanges between Rodney and altoist Charles McPherson."
A great comeback effort
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was Red's comeback album after being off the jazz scene for over a dozen years, thanks mainly to a severe drug addiction, though other health problems contributed (bad teeth and a stroke in 1972). His chops were not back yet and he knew it, and it shows to a certain extent on this CD. But there is also some great stuff here.

For one thing he is not afraid to be ambitious and except for his frequent employment of the mute (which I think he uses to hide the fact that his open tone, which later became as ringing and bell-like as it had been in the '50s, wasn't back yet), he is on the attack. Tempos are up and his playing fiery. This is especially true on DONNA LEE and 52nd STREET THEME, classic bop tunes that demand precision and energy. Alto sax man Charles McPherson is a good foil for Red and plays well throughout. The rhythm section is solid and probably the steadiest player on the date is pianist Barry Harris: he is the perfect anchor for the date. Considering the circumstances, especially the effects from the stroke the year before, Red overcomes the adversity and had every right to be proud of this album. Hopefully, he was."