The legendary alto saxophonist Charles McPherson is playing the Pizza Express in Dean Street, London in February and if his previous visits to the venue are anything to go by, Charles will undoubtedly demonstrate that bebop is not only far from dead as a jazz style, much ignored by the media but is positively thriving in his hands.
He is one of the very few Charlie Parker influenced saxophonists to not only absorb his harmonic innovatons but just as importantly, his unique rhythmic concept.
Ethan Iverson conducted a brilliantly detailed and revealing interview on his blog with Charles recently. Charles reveals and explains his take on the rhythmic concept which he adheres to.
If you haven’t heard him in the flesh, do yourself a favour and catch him next month, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.