Aaron Parks' Invisible Cinema
Young Aaron progressed rapidly as his Mom knew he would. He had attended the University of Washington with a triple-major in math, computer science and music at age 15. Soon he attracted the attention of Terence Blanchard and began a five-year tenure with the acclaimed trumpeter appearing on several notable albums, and initiating an association with another young phenom, drummer Eric Harland. During this time he met Jason Moran, Robert Glasper and began exchanging ideas with guitarist Mike Moreno and bassist Matt Penman, appearing on the latter's debut album "Between The lines."
Now, ten years after my auspicious encounter with young Aaron and his benevolent stage-mother, the keyboardist has achieved her dream and makes his debut as a Blue Note recording leader on Invisible Cinema. The CD is a comprehensive reflection of Parks' unique pianism, compositional innovation, and early compilations. From the percussive richness of "Travelers" to the Balkan flavors of "Harvesting Dance" (inspired by John Zorn's "Masada") Parks' fresh imprimatur is always present.
The mention of Zorn and this new recording achievement of Aaron Parks gives further impetus to the suspicion that something very new and exciting is afoot in jazz. And those who are eager to discover its essence would do well to seek out the music of Aaron Parks.