Matt Parker: Worlds Put Together (2013)

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Matt Parker: Worlds Put Together
Saxophonist Matt Parker
Matt Parker
Matt Parker
b.1979
sax, tenor
is an old soul. You can hear that in his music. On his debut release Worlds Put Together, he channels Lester Young
Lester Young
Lester Young
1909 - 1959
saxophone
, Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
1904 - 1969
sax, tenor
, and Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
. 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
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
or Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
1936 - 1977
reeds
might open a show for Santana or Cream; music wasn't ghettoized. Kirk's music comes to mind often here. He opens with the bawling, two-horn (Julio Monterrey on alto) "Eye Of Rico," a hurricane song that howls itself into the calm eye provided by pianist Jesse Elder
Jesse Elder
Jesse Elder

piano
. The pianist is a proper foil for Parker, as the pair co-lead The Candy Shop Boys, a burlesque, cabaret, vaudevillian act. The saxophonist has an appreciation for the irreverent. On "Alien Baby," he mixes bits of Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
's burning supplication against some Dick Dale-style guitar, via Josh Mease, then slinks home with the gentle twinkling of Elder's piano.

Parker can't be pigeonholed into just one tradition. Like Roy Nathanson
Roy Nathanson
Roy Nathanson

sax, alto
's Jazz Passengers or John Lurie
John Lurie
John Lurie
b.1952
saxophone
's Lounge Lizards, he regards this music as a pageant. That means fun. He plays in a duet with tap dancer Jimmy Sutherland on "WPT" and creates a circus sing-a-long waltz on "Zeynep's Piano" with a small cast of exuberant children. His one cover, "Darn that Dream," a duo with Monterrey, merely hints at the melody. The music here is more folk than metro. He adopts handclaps and percussion on an African inspired "Up And Down" and his "New Bossa" (played twice here) has the flexibility to be both a sentimental saunter or a sardonic sizzler. The saxophonist sounds comfortable promenading down multiple paths.

Track Listing: Eye Of Rico; I Can't Help It; Lists; WPT; New Bossa; Up And Down; Alien Baby; Darn That Dream; Full Sun; Zeynep's Piano; New Bossa (Reprise).

Personnel: Matt Parker: tenor and soprano saxophones; Jesse Elder: piano (1-5, 7,9,11); Josh Mease: guitar (1-5, 7,9); Alan Hampton: bass (except 8,11); Reggie Quinerly: drums (except 8,11); Julio Monterrey: alto saxophone (1, 3-9); Mikkel Hess: drums (6); Jimmy "Taps" Sutherland: tap dance (4); Zeynep, Noah, Bora, Ezra, Charney, Sharon, Shana Bromberg: vocals (10).

Record Label: BYNK Records


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