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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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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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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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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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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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A Fireside Chat with Jeff Parker

Read "A Fireside Chat with Jeff Parker" reviewed by AAJ Staff

[This interview updates last year's Fireside Chat with Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker.]

All About Jazz: You reunited with Scott Fields for Song Songs Song.

Jeff Parker: I first played with him on this double trio project that he had called Dénouement that came out on his label, Geode, in 1998. It was with myself and him on guitars, Jason Roebke and Hans Sturm on string basses, and Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang on drums. ...

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Jeff Parker: The Relatives

Read "The Relatives" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Jeff Parker's second session as a leader, The Relatives, surprises by taking easygoing mainstream flavors and, stirring with spice, manages to honor the forms while tweaking them. Parker's regular rhythm section, Chris Lopes on bass and NY-Chicago drum machine Chad Taylor on percussion, keep the momentum crisp. Parker's earnest and deliberate delivery plays off space, often adding the right pinch of Grant Green.

Frothy wah-wahed chords yawn through Taylor's brushed cymbals on “Istanbul. Parker winds a wiry line around the ...


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