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Bassist Matthew Parrish to Lead Quintet at Twins Jazz


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Contact: Tony Haywood, HiPNOTIC RECORDS, [email protected], (202) 547-0541

Washington, DC -- On Thursday, June 13th, bassist-composer Matthew Parrish will lead a quintet featuring drummer Alvester Garnett (Stefon Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Regina Carter) at Twins Jazz in Washington, DC. Rounded out by pianist Jason Shattil, and saxophonists Jerome Sabbagh (tenor) and Ignaz Dinne (alto), the quintet will perform two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz is located at 1344 U Street, NW. The cover will be $7. The number for reservations is (202) 234-0072.

Parrish, already at work on his second project for HiPNOTIC, is promoting his newly-released, highly-acclaimed debut CD, Circles. Featuring strong performances by the talented Joel Frahm on tenor saxophone, Berklee-standout Vincent Bourgeyx on piano, and renowned drummer Steve Hass, Circles has won emphatic accolades from publications including JazzTimes Magazine, AllAboutJazz.com, All Music Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer:

* “Without a doubt one of the strongest debuts of 2002 . . . Frahm's tenor work is white-hot . . [a]nd Parrish's slinky interaction with Hass may lift you out of your seat on occasion." David R. Adler, All Music Guide, April 2002

* “The Flood of Superb Post Bop Continues . . . Circles is another important addition to the contemporary acoustic canon. Matthew Parrish . . . displays formidable chops in performance, composition and arranging. . . . The standards are explosive . . . The talented Joel Frahm absolutely burns on tenor . . . This disc is filled with interesting and challenging music. Strongly recommended." C. Michael Thomas, AllAboutJazz.com, May 10, 2002

* “For his debut recording as a leader, bassist Matthew Parrish has put together an impressive pastiche of his lineage (Ray Brown to Christian McBride); his studies at Rutgers University (Kenny Barron and Larry Ridley); his varied experience as a sideman (Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets" Edison"); and above all, his U.S.-European tour with Al Grey, from 1997 until the trombonist's death in 2000. . . . [D]edicated to Grey . . . this CD should solidify Parrish's reputation for composing, arranging and playing anything that swings." Harvey Siders, JazzTimes Magazine, April 2002

* “Circles (HiPNOTIC Records) shows that the most often overlooked members of a jazz group (the drummer and bassist) can be among the strongest leaders and composers in the idiom. . . . Like a light wind blowing through the early spring, Parrish's tunes have a fresh unimpeded flow to them but still maintain a depth of rhythm and energy." Al Hunter, Jr., Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2002

Making its presence felt at jazz radio, Circles was among the Yellow Dog Jazz Report's “Top Adds" for the week of May 24th and among jazz CD's “Bubbling Under" for the week of May 31st.

For more information about Matthew Parrish and Circles, please visit http://www.matthewparrish.com and http://www.hipnotic.com .

Additional contacts: Distribution: Michael Fitts, Electric Kingdom Distribution, [email protected] Radio: Michael Carlson, MC Promotion, [email protected], http://www.mc-kdm.com Twins Jazz: Kelly Tesfaye, (202) 234-0072, http://www.twinsjazz.com

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