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Matt Parker: Worlds Put Together

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Genre bending saxophonist Matt Parker's debut album, Worlds Put Together, is a collection of mostly short pieces that crackle with originality and are imbued with an urgent and imaginative spontaneity. These are not mere sketches for expanded and more developed future compositions. They are conceptually crystalized, complete yet free-flowing and raw works that pack a visceral and intellectual punch.The atmospheric “Lists," for instance, opens with bassist Alan Hampton's mystical and resonant bowing over drummer Reggie Quinerly's intriguingly dark rumble. The other musicians follow in a somber and otherworldly procession. Parker's beseeching and guttural tenor echoes in the background.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Parker: Worlds Put Together

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Saxophonist Matt Parker is an old soul. You can hear that in his music. On his debut release Worlds Put Together, he channels Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Dexter Gordon. It's just that this jazz geezer happens to be 33 years old.Like Lester Young, he creates music without typecasting it as “jazz." It's just that his enunciation, inflection and accent are dead giveaways that mark him as a jazzman.Parker's music recalls the period of the late-1960s or early 70s when Eddie Harris or Rahsaan Roland Kirk might open a show for Santana or Cream; music wasn't ...



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