Stefano Di Battista: Parker's Mood (2005)
Both purists and progressives may find something to enjoy here as Battista and two longtime associates, bassist Rosario Bonaccorso and trumpeter Flavio Boltro, are joined by two special guests, pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Herlin Riley. The band is tight, but in the end it's all about Battista's horn as he plays with his familiar voice marked by serious chops, speed, and control.
For those who enjoy their Bird straight, the quartet stays true to form on ten covers which never stray too far from the original versions. Though the selections may be all too familiar, there are bright moments, such as the smoldering solos on "Salt Peanuts" and the nice swinging flow on one of jazz's most recorded classics, "Night In Tunisia." Baron comps and solos nicely on "Parker's Mood," while the most fun comes in the "Hot House," with a sweet horn vamp supported by a nice bossa rhythm where Riley's drums simply shine. This may be just another Parker tribute, and you've probably gone there before, but it's still a nice trip as Battista and his quartet simply have a grand time expressing Parker's mood.
Track Listing: 1. Salt Peanuts; 2. Embraceable You; 3. Night In Tunisia; 4. Parker's Mood; 5. Confirmation; 6. Donna Lee; 7. Laura; 8. Hot House; 9. Congo Blues; 10. 'Round Midnight.
Personnel: Stefano Di Battista - soprano and alto saxophone; Flavio Boltro - trumpet; Kenny Barron - piano; Rosario Bonaccorso - bass; Herlin Riley - drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records