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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0006ZXJGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Wepler on May 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to respectfully disagree with the other reviewers who have all nearly declared this album a reincarnation of Bird. While Battista's album may follow the rhythmic and melodic structures of bop, there are few moments here that remind me of Parker's playing. Battista's sax solos are far too melodic and lack the frenetic pace and, as a result, much of the excitement of listening to Bird (the one exception to this is "Donna Lee"). In addition, Battista's timbre is very pure, he doesn't play nearly as much in the higher registers of the saxophone, and lacks the great, sometimes piercing, wail of Bird's alto. If Battista is not Bird, Kenny Barron on piano and Flavio Boltro on trumpet are no Bud Powell and Dizzy Gillespie, as both essentially play carefully phrased melodies that remind me more of cool jazz than bop. It seems this album would be more aptly titled "Parker's Songs" rather than Parker's Mood, as Battista plays many of Parker's best tunes but not really in a Parker-esque style.

Having described what this album is not, it is worth noting what it is. As other reviewers have noted, the playing here is very tight (and the sound is excellent, very full). The solos are inventive and phrased beautifully. The slower songs ("Laura," Embraceable You," "'Round Midnight") tend to be the longest and, at times, sound a bit boring to me. Battista seems very sure of his tone and phrasing and having the pace of the tunes picked up really pushes him to more exciting playing. Overall, I think this album is more likely to appeal to fans of cooler jazz than it is to Parker fans, but it is worth checking out as a recent interpretation of some classic tunes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Freddy Bastiat on August 1, 2005
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I love Parker, but most of his recordings sound dated. This album really breathes life into Bird's works. Battista sounds so much like CP it is hard to remember that you aren't listening to him at times. If you like Parker or just want to listen to some great jazz, this is an excellent addition to your bob library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think we will hear more about Mr. Di Battista. This album is techinically brilliant, Stefano has does his homework. Parker's Mood is best tribute album in long time.
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By Doug Wilson on February 18, 2013
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Delightful, passionate interpretations of classic bop tunes. Kenny Barron's piano is inspiring. I've never heard Donna Lee played so fast. Other tunes like Laura are beautifully nuanced. If you don't like Bird, Di Battista can probably win you over. This record is a keeper.
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