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Album Review

Jeff Parker: Forfolks

Read "Forfolks" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Guitarist/composer Jeff Parker is closely associated with indie group Tortoise and Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground and Exploding Star Orchestra projects, but the scope of his work is extensive. The Bridgeport, Connecticut native has worked in numerous genres and technologies, and with a varied range of artists including, Joshua Redman, Nicole Mitchell, Yo La Tengo, Matana Roberts, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Nels Cline, George Lewis and Fred Anderson. Parker has recorded eight albums as a leader but with the release of Suite ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jeff Parker, Emile Parisien, Andrea Keller, Gabriel Zucker & More New Releases [Mondo Jazz 181-1]

Read "Jeff Parker, Emile Parisien, Andrea Keller, Gabriel Zucker & More New Releases [Mondo Jazz 181-1]" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Up-and-comers, younger and older Statesmen in a playlist that offers a cross-section of some the most creative new jazz on record. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Dave Meder “Century Rag" Unamuno Songs and Stories (Outside-in-Music) 0:16 Host talks 6:33 Alex Hamburger “What's Your Story Morning Glory" And She Spoke (DK2) 7:50 Host talks 14:47 Emile Parisien “Louise" Louise -Single (ACT) 16:26 Andrea Keller Wave Riders “Linger" ...

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Album Review

Jeff Parker & The New Breed: Suite For Max Brown

Read "Suite For Max Brown" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Guitarist Jeff Parker spent many years in Chicago involved in the city's fertile jazz and experimental music scene, primarily as a member of the AACM and the band Tortoise. In 2013 he relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, his music as a leader has combined a 70's rhythm and blues vibe with the sampling, electronic manipulation and serial techniques he was involved with in Chicago. This album, dedicated to his mother whose maiden name was Maxine Brown, shows just how ...

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Album Review

Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom

Read "Slight Freedom" reviewed by Dave Wayne


One is tempted to think of Jeff Parker as the first guitar anti-hero. He's a subtle player, first and foremost, not given to showy pyrotechnics and rapid-fire flights of plectral fancy. His chameleonic, almost self-effacing, presence on recordings by Tortoise, Joey DeFrancesco, Isotope 217, Fred Anderson, the Brian Blade Fellowship, Peter Erskine, Nicole Mitchell, Yo La Tengo, Hamid Drake, Joshua Redman, Scott Amendola, George Lewis and countless others is startling for its sheer stylistic diversity. Yet, Parker, unlike pretty much ...

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Interview

Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition

Read "Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Is there such a thing as a Chicago sound? Back in the year 2000, a compilation was released that tried to portray a new and exciting musical scene. The album was called Chicago 2018... It's Gonna Change and it highlighted a brilliant mixture of free jazz, electronica, post-rock, art pop and experimental folk music. Of the eighteen different projects on the album, guitarist Jeff Parker was involved in four: Toe 2000, Tricolor, Isotope 217 and Tortoise and one could have ...

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Album Review

Jeff Parker: The New Breed

Read "The New Breed" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


There are certain artists that you know you can always count on. Whenever they are involved in something, at least it is going to be interesting and often it will be great. Guitarist Jeff Parker is one of those artists. It has been an undivided pleasure following Parker through his many constellations, whether it is Isotope 217, Tricolor, Chicago Underground, Brian Blade Fellowship, Makaya McCraven or Tortoise, just to name a few. However, Parker has also carved ...

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Album Review

Jeff Parker: Bright Light in Winter

Read "Bright Light in Winter" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Chicago-based guitarist Jeff Parker has cut his proverbial teeth with the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and remains an active member of that group. His own work is very much in the spirit of the AACM's musical philosophy, but enhanced by his unique vision that draws from all sources of improvised music including but not limited to jazz. His third release as a leader, Bright Light in Winter, finds the guitarist in a lean setting ...


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