Bird Songs (Joe Lovano album)

Bird Songs is the 22nd album by Joe Lovano released via the Blue Note label in 2011. The album features Esperanza Spalding, James Weidman, Otis Brown III, and Francisco Mela performing songs mostly written or performed by the jazz musician Charlie Parker.

Bird Songs
Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 7–8, 2010
LabelBlue Note
ProducerJoe Lovano
Joe Lovano chronology
Folk Art
Bird Songs
Cross Culture
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
All About Jazz[3]
The Guardian[4]
The Los Angeles Times[5]


Chris Barton of Los Angeles Times stated "Though a showcase for history, Lovano and his band expertly show the many ways these classics can still throw sparks".[5] John Fordham of The Guardian noted "capricious than Django Bates's tribute to Charlie Parker last year, but just as inspired and rich in references, Joe Lovano's Bird Songs is not just a stunning celebration of Parker's music, but a salute to the sax giants – Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter – who were liberated by it".[4] Phil Johnson of The Independent added "It's an homage to Charlie Parker, but not, says Lovano, a tribute record. Rather, Parker's music is approached from a post-Coltrane, post-free jazz aesthetic, with the rhythmic edginess of bebop elided into an all-the-time-in-the-world fluidity. A masterpiece".[7]

Track listing

All compositions by Charlie Parker except as indicated

  1. "Passport" – 5:27
  2. "Donna Lee" – 4:30
  3. "Barbados" – 6:19
  4. "Moose the Mooche" – 6:34
  5. "Loverman" (Jimmy Davis, Roger "Ram" Ramirez, James Sherman) – 9:03
  6. "Birdyard" (Joe Lovano) – 1:47
  7. "Ko Ko" – 6:20
  8. "Blues Collage (Carvin' the Bird–Bird Feathers–Bloomdido)" – 1:52
  9. "Dexterity" – 2:49
  10. "Dewey Square" – 8:25
  11. "Yardbird Suite" – 11:58



  1. "Bird Songs Reviews". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  2. Ruhlmann, William. "Bird Songs – Joe Lovano". Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  3. Sammut, Andrew J. (January 21, 2011). "Joe Lovano / Us Five: Bird Songs". All About Jazz. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. Fordham, John (17 March 2011). "Joe Lovano Us Five: Bird Songs – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. Barton, Chris (12 January 2011). "Album review: Joe Lovano Us Five's 'Bird Songs'". LA Times Blogs - Culture Monster. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  6. Layman, Will (19 January 2011). "Joe Lovano/Us Five: Bird Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. Johnson, Phil (6 February 2011). "Album: Joe Lovano & US Five, Bird Songs (Blue Note)". The Independent. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
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