by Mark Corroto
It's possible that this improvised session was months in the making, as emails and telephone calls were made and returned to discuss the theme of pianist Bradley Parker-Sparrow's The New World. But, then again with improvisers of this quality this concept album might just as remarkably been laid down with a with a few nods, winks, and hand gestures.
The first nine of eleven tracks coalesce into the theme inspired by Antonín Dvořák's 1893 New World Symphony," inspired by the ...read more
by Jim Santella
Bradley Parker-Sparrow's music for the film Shut Eye provides the kind of emotion that enhances each scene appropriately: moody blues and seamless shadows, along with an energetic drive to support the film's characters. With vocalist Joanie Pallatto and trumpeter Bobby Lewis, he creates a dark, mysterious framework. Sparrow's piano gently caresses each melody when the scene requires it, and pushes hard and actively at other times. Intrigue and tension come hand in hand with romantic smiles.
Sparrow and ...read more
by Jim Santella
Chicago has espoused a long line of creative artists in more than a century of artistic prominence. Combining creative music with thought-provoking lyrics, however, seems to have been a specialty with The Windy City. Jazz, blues, beat poetry, and rap have each made inroads. Sparrow employs each on his latest adventurous album. One is as effective as the other. At Southport's web site , we learn that, What began as the film score for John Covert's new thriller, Watch, melded ...read more