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by Karl Ackermann
Following the well-deserved critical praise for his sextet debut, Worlds Put Together (BYNK Records, 2013), saxophonist/composer Matt Parker returns with a core trio and guests on Present Time. Former classmates from NYC's New School, bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Reggie Quinerly, join Parker on seven original compositions. One standard dating back to 1930 (and Louis Armstrong's first significant recording) along with a previously unrecorded Charles Mingus composition fill out the program.Parker is a Florida native now residing in ...read more
by Hrayr Attarian
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 ...read more
by Mark Corroto
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 ...read more