Red Giant, 2020, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O’s Notes: Rudresh Mahanthappa plays alto sax and leads a trio with bassist François Moutin and Rudy Royston on drums. They are the Hero Trio. The bulk of the program is hard bop covers of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. Rudresh also selects a few contemporary tunes as the foundation for fresh jazzy improvisation without losing the original themes notably “Overjoyed” and “The Windup”. All nine selections are fresh arrangements of work by people who have inspired Mahanthappa.