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The Chris Parker Trio: The Chris Parker Trio (2013)

By Published: October 8, 2013
The Chris Parker Trio: The Chris Parker Trio Drummer Chris Parker has a to-die-for résumé. Over the past four decades, he's worked with everybody from the Brecker Brothers to Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
and Laura Nyro to Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls
Lou Rawls
1935 - 2006
vocalist
, taking a genre-blind approach to drumming that continues to serve him well. As a sideman, he's made his mark time and again with a who's who of music giants, but he also knows a thing or two about leading a band.

Parker's trio, with bassist Ameen Saleem
Ameen Saleem
Ameen Saleem
b.1979
bass, acoustic
and pianist Kyoko Oyobe, is one of the most dynamically tuned-in threesomes to put out a record in 2013. While it's true that this is a piano trio, the piano doesn't own the music; this is an evenhanded outing where Saleem's bass plays second fiddle to no one and Parker's drums do plenty of talking.

The music presented herein is all about feel, balance and creative expression. Parker takes a balanced approach to programming, mixing originals and covers in near-equal proportions. One minute, the trio might be tackling a metrically evolving "Love For Sale" and the next minute they might be taking a reflective stance with "Wednesday Morning." Oyobe contributes two originals—"Waltz For Apple" and "We'll Meet Again-Matane"— and Parker puts a few of his own out there, like the Schubert-meets-soca "Impromptoph" and the finely flowing "C'est Possible." Other gems include a reggaeton-inspired rewrite of guitarist Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
's "Song For Bilbao," a funky-as-hell take on Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
b.1928
piano
's "I Want You," and an album-ending trip through Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
' "Rockhouse."

Parker's made a career out of playing the right thing for the right situation and that skill carries over into his own work; he never misses a beat here.


Track Listing: C'est Possible; Love For Sale; Wednesday Morning; Song For Bilbao; Waltz For Apple; We'll Meet Again-Matane; In A Capricornian Way; I Want You; Six Beauties On A Rooftoph; Impromtoph; Rockhouse.

Personnel: Chris Parker: drums; Kyoko Oyobe: piano; Ameen Saleem: bass.

Record Label: Gpr Records

Style: Contemporary/Smooth



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