Glenn Zottola: Reflections of Charlie Parker
by George W. Harris • July 21, 2014 •
Long time altomeister Glenn Zottola delivers a tribute to, but not an impersonation of, Charlie Parker on this collection of standards. Sometimes with strings,as on “Moonlight in Vermont,” other times with a gentle rhythm team as displayed on “Oh, Lady Be Good!”, Zottola is the audio picture of style, class and grace. Not emphasizing the bebop side of Bird as much as lyrical swinger-people forget that Parker was a romantic KCer at heart, and Zottola’s takes of “Embraceable You” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” focuses on that obscured side of the bebop icon. Well conceived!
Classic Jazz Records