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by Greg Simmons
For its fourth album, the Jason Parker Quartet takes a sharp departure from its previous three efforts. Rather than simply cutting another solid straight-ahead quartet date, trumpeter Parker has added vocalist Michele Khazak, and multi-woodwind blower Cynthia Mullis, to reinterpret an entire folk-pop album: Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left (Island Records, 1969). Despite being far outside the typical jazz cannon, Drake's music continues to receive coverage from a number of jazz artists, including pianist Brad Mehldau, proving that unexpected choices ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Jason Parker:Seattle trumpeter Jason Parker leads the Jason Parker Quartet, who will release their second CD on October 24, 2009 on Broken Time Records. No More, No Less features some of Seattle's finest young jazz musicians. Stream and download now at Jason Parker's website.Instrument(s):Trumpet.Teachers and/or influences?Ev Stern, Tony Grasso, Ingrid Jensen, Brian Lynch, Terell Stafford, Laurie Frink, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard and all the musicians in Seattle.read more