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Mike Parker's Trio Theory: Alive Out There

Read "Alive Out There" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Fans of post-apocalyptic stories need not worry about whether they still will have rock music once the electric grids go down. That is, if we can turn the clocks back to the days when jazz musicians were rockstars. Perhaps the supposition of the band, Mike Parker's Trio Theory, is just that. Kill all the living dead, because this acoustic music is electrifying. Parker, an American-born bassist, now living in the jazz-rich city of Krakow, assembled a trio with ...

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Mike Parker’s Unified Theory: Embrace The Wild

Read "Embrace The Wild" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

For an all-acoustic jazz unit this band transmits an electrifying presence. New York reared bassist, composer Mike Parker's residence in Poland is a fruitful one, evidenced by the quality of musicianship he garners for this set that integrates manifold genres into the jazz vernacular. Along with little big band type horns charts and other variables, the bassist lays down a corpulent and fluid bottom-end. The quintet is apt to rock your socks off. As they kick it off ...

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Mike Parker’s Unified Theory: Embrace The Wild

Read "Embrace The Wild" reviewed by Roger Farbey

New York bassist Mike Parker leads an international quintet based in Krakow, Poland where he has been residing for the last two years. This is his second album with this band and already shows signs of great things. Kicking off with “Kobra Kai Dance Remix" this is pure post-bop jazz tinged with eclectic influences--Ornette, Mingus, M-Base and more--Parker's solid, insistent bass line here intertwines with intricate ensemble passages. “Hopped.Up.Pop" starts quietly enough with horns but a resounding bass ...