Bird & Beyond
Compositions by Charlie Parker
Decompositions and compositions by HOT

Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker was arguably the biggest genius of 20th century jazz. His innovative use of harmony and rhythm was so convincing that a whole generation of saxophonists became addicted to his style. But his harmonic ideas also proved such a coherent and closed building that the next generation preferred to stay out of it entirely.
In 2015, some sixty years after his death, we decided to look how much space we could still find in Bird’s music. And where better to do that than in the miraculous acoustics of the spatious 12th century Nicolaï church in Utrecht, with six beautiful seconds of reverb. And of course on the instrument that has the strongest link to the building: the pipe organ, with its endless sound possibilities.

Both organs on these recordings were manufactured by the Danish firm Marcussen & Søn. The main organ was designed and built between 1948 and 1956, contemporary with Charlie Parker’s years of fame. After quite a national stir caused by the use of foreign builders, immediately after its introduction the organ was generally regarded as setting a new standard for organs in the Netherlands. The small ‘Sweelinck organ’ was built in 1953 for the Dutch broadcast company NCRV, following the style of an historic organ of Sweelinck’s time.
Thus, the old space of the church with its advanced 1950s organs formed the perfect conditions for the recordings of Bird & Beyond!

Steven Kamperman — clarinets
Dion Nijland — double bass
Berry van Berkum — organ

Stars & Eyes
Steven Kamperman, Charlie Parker, Gene de Paul, Don Raye
Yardbird Suite
Charlie Parker, arr. Steven Kamperman
Red Cross
Charlie Parker
Billy’s Billie's Bounce
Dion Nijland, Charlie Parker
Steven Kamperman, inspired by one phrase of Parker’s solo on KoKo
Scrapple from the Big Apple
Charlie Parker, arr. Steven Kamperman
Bird & Beast
Steven Kamperman, inspired by Parker’s solo on Kim by C. Parker
My little suede shoes
Charlie Parker, arr. Steven Kamperman
Escape from Barbados
Steven Kamperman, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Berry van Berkum
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'The variations in sound colours, the attack of the organ pipes and above all, the perfect, free and improvising ensemble playing make this CD as attractive for organ lovers as for jazz afficionados.’ Trouw****
‘An original view on Charlie Parker. Bird Lives!, also in this reincarnation.’ Jazzism****
‘Their version of Scrapple of the apple still shows some marks of the original, but most of the other standards have been totally reconstructed. Exciting ode to 'Bird'.’ Dagblad van het Noorden****
‘What a magnificent idea to use the organ in the church, to perform works of Charlie Parker’ Het Parool****
‘Bird & Beyond is a fantastic adventure for the listener, and most probably was the same for the musicians themselves’ Jazzflits
‘The trio succeeds to add a whole new dimension to the work of Charlie Parker (1920 -1955). They improvise with a joy and passion one rarely encounters in this repertoire. In their hands, bebop is not out of date at all, but a music style that is still very much alive’ Jazzenzo
‘Don’t expect stiff church music, because 60 years after his death Parker still really swings; although the excellent arrangements of HOT can cause some nice disorganization as well. Impressive!’ VPRO / Vrije Geluiden
‘They play with passion, they play fantastically together with audible joy, and they play with lots of humor, and the result is just sublime - this album instantly gets you in a good mood. Like this you have never heard a pipe organ before.’ Moors Magazine
‘The church is filled with whirling winds. So surprising, so beautiful’ Dichtbij / Utrecht
'These are three musicians that really met their equals, both musically and rhythmically! Most remarkable are all those beautiful sounds blended by two traditional jazz instruments and one gorgeous neo-barok organ. Talking about the organ! I very much enjoyed the many colourful registrations, and the great toucher and timing. One gets jealous listening to all the chordal and free improvisations sounding as if they were notated note after note.' Leo van Doeselaar
In beeld

Bird & Beyond

Special thanks to

Nicolaï church, Jeannette Provily, Ko Zwanenburg,
Marcel de Ridder, Ton Kooiman, Orgelpark Amsterdam, Bert van Dijk, Jasper Kamperman, Tjitze Vogel, Sony, and EMI

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Recorded June 14th/15th 2016
in Nicolaï church, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Geurink
This CD has been made possible by financial support of Sena and Fonds Podiumkunsten (composition)

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