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Christopher Parker: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Pianist Chris Parker is a musical explorer. He has travelled around the world musically and as his latest album Full Circle indicates, he has reached his destination and found an aesthetic where all the different aspects of his musical curiosity come together.

While Parker travels a lot musically, he doesn't visit the melancholy ...

Christopher Parker: Full Circle

Read "Full Circle" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Chris Parker's second CD release on OA2 Records, Full Circle, sounds like an exciting live set full of vigorous life, something that engages the crowd and gets them up out of their seat, dancing. It's a quintet--common enough in jazz--with the uncommon use of violin in the front line beside the saxophone, reeling out unison ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection

Read "Paul Simon: The Complete Albums Collection" reviewed by John Kelman

If the history books were to be closed on singer/songwriter Paul Simon's career today, he'd have already left a legacy more than sufficient to ensure a substantial chapter. While other emergent songwriters of his day--Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst them--have clearly evolved over the years, there's been an underlying approach that's remained consistent ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

The Chris Parker Trio: The Chris Parker Trio

Read "The Chris Parker Trio" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Chris Parker has a to-die-for résumé. Over the past four decades, he's worked with everybody from the The Brecker Brothers to Miles Davis and Laura Nyro to Lou Rawls, taking a genre-blind approach to drumming that continues to serve him well. As a sideman, he's made his mark time and again with a who's who ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Toph-E & the Pussycats: Live in Detroit

Read "Live in Detroit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz is a schizophrenic music: it desires performance on the concert stage to a quiet, polite tuxedo and evening dress audience; at the same time, it seeks out a rowdy, drunk bar or festival crowd. Jazz has largely been able to cater to both populations successfully, but has certainly tended to the former extreme (at least ...

Toph-E & The Pussycats: Live In Detroit

Read "Live In Detroit" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This ensemble, which has been in business since 2000, consists of five well-respected musicians who have largely worked behind the scenes on scores of studio sessions, as well as the television bands of David Letterman (bassist Will Lee) and Saturday Night Live (drummer Chris Parker). In addition, it also features percussionist/composer Ralph MacDonald, who was immortalized ...

Toph-E & the Pussycats: Live in Detroit

Read "Live in Detroit" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Don't let this band's name fool you: Toph-E & The Pussycats are a group of veteran jazz musicians whose combined resumes include television gigs, Grammy awards, and musician credits from James Brown to Rachel Z. Led by drummer Chris Parker, the group also features bassist Will Lee, piano/keyboard player Clifford Carter, saxophonist David Mann, and percussionist/songwriter ...

Chris Parker: Late in Lisbon

Read "Late in Lisbon" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Quick and to the Point : Small jazz combo fronted by reeds & violin.

Pianist Chris Parker wrote all ten compositions on Late in Lisbon, incorporating a contemporary sounding 'lan with high ended sonic textures provided by violinist Rob Thomas and saxophonist Peter Epstein on alto & soprano. The latter two have finely honed chops with ...