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One of the best-known Charlie Parker disciples Charles McPherson occasionally ventures out from San Diego under favorable circumstances such when he gets the opportunity to play with a crackerjack trio. (He'll be back in LA in March to play a "Bird with Strings" concert.) McPherson's "Manhattan Nocturne" with an exotic, late-night feel is something of an update on "Harlem Nocturne." The piece unfolded as a medium-slow burn over a Latin figure. "Embraceable You" and "April in Paris" with extended McPherson solos and codas demonstrated his grasp of Parker's ballad style. After a long solo introduction McPherson took an impassioned solo on "Parker's Mood," a medium-slow blues. "Confusions and Delusions" by McPherson unfolded over Coltrane's "Body and Soul" rhythmic backdrop. Kreibich played a polyrhythmic Elvin Jones background behind pianist Greg Kurstin's solo. The pianist was also featured on "Billie's Bounce," a medium-up Parker Blues. Turning Kurstin loose on a blues is like giving dynamite to the Unibomber. Charles McPherson - alto; Greg Kurstin - piano; Jeff Littleton - bass; Paul Kreibich - drums.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.