Rudresh Mahanthappa [alto saxophone]
Harish Raghavan [bass]
Rudy Royston [drums]
The innovative saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa makes a highly anticipated Smoke Jazz Club debut performing music inspired by and celebrating the great Charlie Parker. JazzWise called his 2015 album, Bird Calls, “one of the most intelligent investigations of Charlie Parker's music in recent memory, using his bebop classics as a jumping off point for thrilling original songs.” Pitchfork said he is “jaw-dropping… one of the finest saxophonists going.” His recent, highly acclaimed release Hero Trio features more explorations of Parker’s compositions in the context of a piano-less trio inspired perhaps by the precedents of Sonny Rollins or Lee Konitz. It is the leads a trio here features bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Rudy Royston.