Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova
Chārī Pākā pureizu bossanova
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Charlie Parker plays Bossa Nova (what if) is an attempt to answer Haruki Murakami’s question: how would Charlie Parker have sounded had he not died in 1955, but after several years of recovery, returned to playing the saxophone and, in 1963, when bossa nova was popular, released a bossa nova album?
In spite of having its origins in a Murakami story, the album is not a perfect copy of the record he describes. Although the number of songs, the general atmosphere, and even the band’s instrumentation is the same, instead of using worn out jazz standards, we opted for original compositions. Additionally, in place of an alto saxophone, you will hear a tenor saxophone, which adds another layer of complexity to the question, “what if…”
Miłosz Konarski – composer, arranger, producer. He started his musical journey in kindergarten when he learned to play the piano. For the next twelve years, he studied music and learned to play the clarinet and the violin. He has performed with numerous bands, including the Young Jazz Lions, led by world-class jazz guitarist Jarosław Śmietana, as a clarinetist; the Gsus Project as a pianist; and the Lazy Swingers Band as a clarinetist and arranger. In his work, he takes influences from many musical styles – jazz, film scores, bossa nova, pop. In addition, he runs Konarscy Factory, a music and film production company.
Wojtek Rejdych – saxophonist. A graduate of the Frederic Chopin Music School in Kraków, Rejdych participated in many jazz workshops, including the International Cho-Jazz Workshop in Chodziez. He also had the opportunities to learn from such saxophonists as Dayna Stephens, Roxy Coss, Rosalio Giuliani, Jerzy Głowczewski, and Maciek Sikała. He currently studies jazz saxophone at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków under Professor Ryszard Krawczuk and Dr. Marcin Ślusarczyk.