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T.K. BLUE

Latin Bird

2011-09-07

T.K. Blue came from Jamaican and Trinidadian roots and has been a New York City jazz saxophonist/flautist and jazz teacher for many years. This set attempts to pay homage to the great Charlie "Bird" Parker and does so with an Afro-Cuban take on Parker's music. The exception to the rule is the reflective "He Flew Away Too Soon," a memorial for Benny Powell, a member of T.K.'s band who passed away recently. The music is upbeat, Latin-snappy and the band's tight. T.K. says he's trying to not only tell Bird's story, but his own as well. Suggestions to explore are "Visa," "Barbados" and "Donna Lee." 09/11 Michael J. J-Latin

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