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Rick Parker: Finding His Own Space

Read "Rick Parker: Finding His Own Space" reviewed by Jason Crane

On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews composer and trombonist Rick Parker. Parker's most recent album with the Rick Parker Collective is Finding Space (WJF Records, 2006). It was named one of the top CDs of 2006 by Michael Ricci, publisher of All About Jazz. Parker sees himself as a composer first, trombonist second. His passion for writing shows on Finding Space, an album of original music by Parker (plus one number by ...

INTERVIEW

Rick Parker: Finding His Own Space

Read "Rick Parker: Finding His Own Space" reviewed by Jason Crane

All About Jazz founder Michael Ricci thought Rick Parker's second CD, Finding Space (WJF Records, 2006) was one of the best records of 2006. Parker is an energetic young musician and composer who also happens to play trombone. He's serious about writing his own music and finding his own way, even releasing his new album on a label he co-founded with Jesse Selengut, with whom he runs the Williamsburg Jazz Festival.All About Jazz's Jason Crane spoke with Parker ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Parker Collective: Finding Space

Read "Finding Space" reviewed by Troy Collins

New York-based trombonist Rick Parker follows up his 2004 debut New York Gravity (Fresh Sound New Talent) with Finding Space, a winning combination of lyrical writing, intricate arrangements and spirited improvisation. Winner of the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Parker has proven his mettle as an up-and-coming writer, and it is his composing and arranging skills that make the greatest impression on his sophomore album.

Parker's writing is clever but not impenetrable, honeyed and sumptuous rather than ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Parker Collective: Finding Space

Read "Finding Space" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

You gotta love a good album cover, even if a photo of a big goofy-looking dog has nothing to do with the music. But why not--Matt Jorgensen did it with Hope (Origin Records, '04), and there was some first-rate modern-leaning stuff on that disc. The same goes for the Rick Parker Collective's Finding Space.Parker is a young--not yet thirty years old--New York-based trombonist with some serious chops; but it's his bandleading and composing skills that stand out most. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Parker Collective: New York Gravity

Read "New York Gravity" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Happily, trombone-led sessions are making a comeback in modern jazz circles these days, and a listen to the Rick Parker Collective's New York Gravity provides ample evidence of why. A relative newcomer to the NYC environs, Parker has put together a disc with a swinging little big band feel intertwined with a hard bop modernistic edge. Of course it doesn't hurt that trumpeter Thad Wilson, leader of his own big band, and Charis Ioannou on saxophones and bass clarinet, sync ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Parker Collective: New York Gravity

Read "New York Gravity" reviewed by AAJ Staff

New York Gravity is an object lesson in how hard bop may be kept applicable to the 21st Century. There isn't a false or dishonest note on the entire album. Instead of recycling the improvisational or compositional strategies of the early 1960s, these musicians dance through a rigorous array of changing time signatures and hip chord changes that could only exist here and now. At the same time, they swing with a ferocity and focus that could only have arisen ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rick Parker Collective: New York Gravity

Read "New York Gravity" reviewed by Peter Aaron

Trombonist/composer/leader Rick Parker and his band are the best-kept secret in New York right now. But in light of this fine debut and a steadily growing live demand, the secret's not likely to be kept much longer.

At 25, Parker is already a tested vet, sharing his horn talents with Frank Ku-umba Lacy's colossal Vibe Tribe, the Charli Persip Superband, and his own trio, in addition to the sextet featured here. A Connecticut-born Yankee, Parker started out playing ...


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