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"Somebody once asked me to find two words that describe the music I make, and the words I picked were ‘spontaneous’ and ‘cinematic,’” says Aaron Parks. Having clarified the essence of his art, the pianist kept those two words closely in mind while conceiving and recording Invisible Cinema, his extraordinary debut for the Blue Note label. In its virtuosity and harmonic complexity, Invisible Cinema speaks to Parks’s immersion in jazz on the highest level, even as it references a wider world of contemporary music-making. “The title has a lot of different meanings,” notes the 24- year-old Seattle native, who is currently based in Brooklyn. “For one thing, Invisible Cinema is what music is, in a sense

Lagos Pepper Soup

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Even Now Prayer; Lagos Pepper Soup; The Hero’s Journey; Soki; Ma Foya; Brighter Day; Shadows Fade; Home True; Bola’s Song; Mivakpola; Leye’s Dance; Grace.

Pistils

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pistils; Ellstandissa; Welikadawatte; Galadari; Nilus; The Elephant; Hirimbura; Malkoha Bird; Pistils.

Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: Attention, Earthlings; Here; Solace; Friends; Is Anything Okay?; The Shadow and The Self; The Storyteller; My Mistake; The Ongoing Pulse of Isness; Where Now; Unknown.

Spirit Science

Label: Destiny Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Trion Re; Platonic Solids; The Genesis Pattern; Spirit Science; Two Circles; A Reflection in a Reflection (for Kofi Burbridge); Metatron's Cube; Source; Lullyaby for Lena.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly of Shadows: Assembly of Shadows

Read "Assembly of Shadows" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo aver debuttato in veste di leader nel 2019 con il ricercato album Light as a World (un sestetto con, tra gli altri, Aaron Parks e Walter Smith III) il 33enne sassofonista e compositore d'origini californiane, presenta un ambizioso progetto orchestrale comprendente la suite “Assembly of Shadows," un'altra sua composizione ("Strata") e una riscrittura di “Honeymooners" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Guarna: Spirit Science

Read "Spirit Science" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

With The Wishing Stones (Destiny Records, 2017) New York-based guitarist Tom Guarna released something of a breakthrough album, featuring a prominently cast quartet made up of Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and pianist Jon Cowherd. With that album Guarna perfected his personal style of composition, which sees post-bop language taken to more extensive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rajiv Jayaweera: Pistils

Read "Pistils" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

New York-based drummer Rajiv Jayaweera had quite the international upbringing. Born in London to Sri Lankan parents, Jayaweera grew up in Melbourne, where he completed his Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts before finishing his Masters in Jazz studies in New York in 2013. In the liner notes of his debut album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aaron Parks: Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man

Read "Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Back with his second effort under the Little Big moniker, Aaron Parks stretches out the concepts that had been established on the group's debut recording and presents an even tighter display of original jazz meets pop blended instrumentals. As on predecessor Little Big (Ropeadope Records, 2018), each bar and every measure of each track have been ...

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Kid (Live)

Featuring the music of Aaron Parks
Duration: 08:10

Aaron Parks Little Big, his first Ropeadope album from the acclaimed pianist, keyboardist and composer, is at once the culmination of his brilliant early career and the long-awaited follow-up to his Blue Note Records debut, Invisible Cinema. That 2008 release, with its gorgeously melodic writing and improvising and deft use of indie-rock, electronica and hip-hop elements, established Parks as one of the most gifted and original young voices in jazz. “This is the natural successor to that record,” says the New York-based artist, 34. “It’s taking the ideas of that project and doubling down on them—fully committing to that direction.”

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