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"Bird Lives": great Charlie Parker website

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bichos mentioned it on another thread, but I thought this amazing website should deserve a separate discussion. A real labour of love!

BIRD LIVES...

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I like it! Always good to see primary source material and debunking of myths with multiple sources.

A nit - they credit an interview to Marshall Stearns and John Maher - it's actually James T. Maher (collaborator on the Alec Wilder book, etc.) I think it might also be John McClellan, not John McLellan. But I'm not positive on that one.

I was disappointed not to locate the creator's name - did I miss something?

BTW, some of us may remember the other Bird Lives website - had nothing to do with Parker, though.

Mike

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BTW, some of us may remember the other Bird Lives website - had nothing to do with Parker, though.

Mike

Is that the one with the Madonna/Coltrane spoof? They took it down, she must have threatened them. I wish I had a copy of it.

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I was disappointed not to locate the creator's name - did I miss something?

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I also tried to find the creator´s name, with no result. Not even in the "Notes" section, where the genesis of the website is briefly explained.

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Your wish is my command.

===================

"Madonna's Coltrane Tribute"

By Joseph Benzola

Amanita Music

The Most Beautiful Sound Inside Your Head

http://kspace.com/amanita

Madonna is completing a tribute album to John Coltrane entitled: "The Father, Son, Holy Ghost & Madonna...the Blessed Virgin." In what must be viewed as a curious career turnaround, Madonna explains to Phil Schaap:

"The further I get into the spirituality of the east, the more respect I have for that guy Coltrane. I mean, he really changed a lot of things with just a sax...you know what I mean....I mean I feel that this is my humble attempt as a tribute to a great, unknown artist from a well known great artist; you know what I mean."

Madonna is exploring the most demanding portion of the Coltrane Canon, from late 1965 until 1967. The album opens up with her version of OM, produced by Babyface:

"Yea....Babyface understands the Trane vibe really well. He's an African-American and I'm like an Italian American which is close to being an African-American in a very cultural sense. We begin with the original chant from Om taken form the Bhagavad-Gita. I also interpolate other texts from other traditions including the Diamond Sutra, Zen Koans, the Kabbala, and texts from Dr. Andrew Weil. I feel that we really capture the feeling of the original Om. My personel statement is replacing the original instrumentation with a pipe and drum corps from Glasgow, Scotland on the left channel and some original electronica on the right channel. I think that the results are very

intense."

No less intense are Madonna's original lyrics to Trane's Sunship:

"You know, I've been told that Trane was trying to liberate music from the tyranny of the written note. He was going towards a music of sound and rhythm. I believe that I arrived at the same conclusion years ago in my dance music so he and I are a good fit. Sunship is a duet with myself on vocals, Elvin Jones on drums, and Don Moye on Sun percussion. It is just the sound of my voice against the sound of percussion. I wrote the original lyrics while I was lying in my thermal salts bath:

"Sunship.......Oh Sunship baby

You bring light to the Bardo Plane

It's plain to see Sunship

the ancient lotus of our zazen ways

the crystal burning on the digital dance floor

burning love in our dharma eyes

Our dharma eyes baby...

Our dharma eyes

Incense filling the sunship

so it crashes the cosmic music

in Jasmine myrrh reality

Dance with me Sunship

Dance with me beneath

the beat of meditation's breath

the pulse of Om.........

Ommmmmmmmm...

OMMMMMMMMM

Om..the first word you said to me Sunship

as I kissed you beneath the Sutra light"

Madonna plays Welcome on solo kazoo, something which she says she did after reading Chasing the Trane:

"Yea.....I use to play drums but I wanted to play an instrument which you could play harmonically/ melodically advanced music on without practicing. In 'Chasing the Trane,' there was a section where Trane's friend Gerald McKeever would play the kazoo to Trane's ballads. I was influenced by that."

Madonna also sings a medley of Meditations:

"I did not know what part to do so I decided to do a medley like I do with my hits. I incorporated some Sufi texts and I also wrote some original lyrics for "Love" section:"

"Love.............Love...........

this love is different from the other love

but it is the same

don't feel the shame

you don't have to be tame

Love...............Love..................

Carnal or Spiritual

it's not right or wrong

there's nothing wrong with porn

You can even do it with corn

Love.......

Love......

Love......"

The musicians on the track include Prabuddha Kenny G, Sri Shiva Eric Clapton, Ma-Po-Set (Phil Collins), and Brain Eno.

Needless to say, this will be a landmark record for Madonna and a very fitting tribute to the great John Coltrane. The release party will at at Nirvana on Central Park West in NYC sometime in late November. Says Madonna:

"I'm beginning to like King Fisher and Lamb Vindaloo. In honor of Trane, we will also be serving Sweet Potatoe Pie."

================

Mike

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:rofl::rofl::rofl:

Thank you very much! If I had known Joe wrote this, I could have just emailed him. :blink:

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forget about Bird - who are those two babes in the other picture?

Edited by AllenLowe

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they must know something - even if it's not about jazz -

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Great Madonna spoof.

It's classic. I'm glad someone saved it.

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Again.......a really interesting site for a rainy day !

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Your wish is my command.

===================

"Madonna's Coltrane Tribute"

By Joseph Benzola

Amanita Music

The Most Beautiful Sound Inside Your Head

http://kspace.com/amanita

Madonna is completing a tribute album to John Coltrane entitled: "The Father, Son, Holy Ghost & Madonna...the Blessed Virgin." In what must be viewed as a curious career turnaround, Madonna explains to Phil Schaap:

"The further I get into the spirituality of the east, the more respect I have for that guy Coltrane. I mean, he really changed a lot of things with just a sax...you know what I mean....I mean I feel that this is my humble attempt as a tribute to a great, unknown artist from a well known great artist; you know what I mean."

Madonna is exploring the most demanding portion of the Coltrane Canon, from late 1965 until 1967. The album opens up with her version of OM, produced by Babyface:

"Yea....Babyface understands the Trane vibe really well. He's an African-American and I'm like an Italian American which is close to being an African-American in a very cultural sense. We begin with the original chant from Om taken form the Bhagavad-Gita. I also interpolate other texts from other traditions including the Diamond Sutra, Zen Koans, the Kabbala, and texts from Dr. Andrew Weil. I feel that we really capture the feeling of the original Om. My personel statement is replacing the original instrumentation with a pipe and drum corps from Glasgow, Scotland on the left channel and some original electronica on the right channel. I think that the results are very

intense."

No less intense are Madonna's original lyrics to Trane's Sunship:

"You know, I've been told that Trane was trying to liberate music from the tyranny of the written note. He was going towards a music of sound and rhythm. I believe that I arrived at the same conclusion years ago in my dance music so he and I are a good fit. Sunship is a duet with myself on vocals, Elvin Jones on drums, and Don Moye on Sun percussion. It is just the sound of my voice against the sound of percussion. I wrote the original lyrics while I was lying in my thermal salts bath:

"Sunship.......Oh Sunship baby

You bring light to the Bardo Plane

It's plain to see Sunship

the ancient lotus of our zazen ways

the crystal burning on the digital dance floor

burning love in our dharma eyes

Our dharma eyes baby...

Our dharma eyes

Incense filling the sunship

so it crashes the cosmic music

in Jasmine myrrh reality

Dance with me Sunship

Dance with me beneath

the beat of meditation's breath

the pulse of Om.........

Ommmmmmmmm...

OMMMMMMMMM

Om..the first word you said to me Sunship

as I kissed you beneath the Sutra light"

Madonna plays Welcome on solo kazoo, something which she says she did after reading Chasing the Trane:

"Yea.....I use to play drums but I wanted to play an instrument which you could play harmonically/ melodically advanced music on without practicing. In 'Chasing the Trane,' there was a section where Trane's friend Gerald McKeever would play the kazoo to Trane's ballads. I was influenced by that."

Madonna also sings a medley of Meditations:

"I did not know what part to do so I decided to do a medley like I do with my hits. I incorporated some Sufi texts and I also wrote some original lyrics for "Love" section:"

"Love.............Love...........

this love is different from the other love

but it is the same

don't feel the shame

you don't have to be tame

Love...............Love..................

Carnal or Spiritual

it's not right or wrong

there's nothing wrong with porn

You can even do it with corn

Love.......

Love......

Love......"

The musicians on the track include Prabuddha Kenny G, Sri Shiva Eric Clapton, Ma-Po-Set (Phil Collins), and Brain Eno.

Needless to say, this will be a landmark record for Madonna and a very fitting tribute to the great John Coltrane. The release party will at at Nirvana on Central Park West in NYC sometime in late November. Says Madonna:

"I'm beginning to like King Fisher and Lamb Vindaloo. In honor of Trane, we will also be serving Sweet Potatoe Pie."

================

Mike

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bichos mentioned it on another thread, but I thought this amazing website should deserve a separate discussion. A real labour of love!

BIRD LIVES...

Is this Bret Primack's space? Or is that the one that closed a few years back, founded by the 'unknown critic' or something?

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I just spent some time on the site, reading the interviews. It is excellent.

Bird gives lie to the 'log cabin' theory. He is quite articulate and insightful on his own music and that of others.

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