Aaron Parks: Rising To The Challenge

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"A common thread in a lot of these relationships is Eric Harland. Eric was in Terence's band when I first joined. Eric was in Kurt's band. It was on a tour with Eric that Kurt and I first played together. With Matt Penman, Eric and Kurt on guitar. That ended up being the beginning of my relationship working with Kurt. Then Matt, Eric and I did Matt's record together, Catch of the Day with Seamus Blake. Then we did my record Invisible Cinema. Josh heard that record and we ended up putting together James Farm. Harland is an important person in my life and a beautiful human being."

Aside from getting gigs surrounding Find the Way, Parks has a new project with drummer Terri Lyne Carrington that is getting off the ground. "A joint-led kind of thing called Social Science. With her, me, Matt Stevens and young multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin." He also did a record with Gilad Hekselman, "where I'm playing more electronic things, like left-handed bass on the keyboard. Which is another fun challenge."

The ever-active Parks also has another band he calls Little Big.

"In some way it continues the trajectory of that record of mine Invisible Cinema from nine years ago. I'm picking up from there. I've got a whole bunch of tunes. Probably three albums worth of music that I could record with that band. It's a matter of doing it right and having it really feel right. I need that music to be produced in a different kind of way than a typical jazz record. So I'm working on finding ways to do that."
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