Thursday Oct 13, 2016
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Contemporary jazz performance with Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Joshua White on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass and Dan Weiss on drums.
Guggenheim fellow, Downbeat International Critics Poll Winner, and Jazz Journalist Association Alto Saxophonist of the Year (2009, 2010, 2016) Rudresh Mahanthappa, returns to Outpost with his latest project, a tribute to the great Charlie “Bird” Parker. One of the most innovative musicians and composers in jazz today, Mahanthappa has achieved international recognition for his recordings which have received rave reviews by the New York Times, NPR, Village Voice, and many others. He has performed at Outpost with a wide stylistic variety of projects. His latest release, Bird Calls (2015) features all new music by Mahanthappa, with each of the tunes using a particular Charlie Parker melody or solo as its source of inspiration only to be reimagined and recontextualized by Mahanthappa and his quintet. Mahanthappa counts Bird as one of his earliest and most enduring inspirations. With this project he “offers an inspired examination of Bird’s foundational influence and how it manifests itself in a decidedly 21st-century context.” The quintet tonight features a stellar group of forward-thinking musicians, including 20-year-old trumpet prodigy, Adam O’Farrill (the son of pianist and Afro Latin Jazz Alliance founder Arturo O’Farrill); Joshua White, piano (placed 2nd in 2011 Monk Competition behind Kris Bowers);Thomson Kneeland, bass (Darcy James Argue, Dave Liebman); and longtime Mahanthappa collaborator, Dan Weiss, drums.