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Born in Chicago, Chris was playing drums at age three and began performing his first professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great Paul Butterfield and broke into the New York studio scene in 1970, doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live. Toph, as friends know him, recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Salt 'n' Pepa, Stuff, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle and Michael Bolton

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

#Bloomerangs: Moments and Fragments

Read "Moments and Fragments" reviewed by Paul Naser

When life gets tough, sometimes the only thing you can do is take a moment to step back and reconnect with feelings of positivity. Maybe this comes from a fond memory, a glimpse out the window or perhaps, for readers and writers of this website, time spent listening to good music. Fortunately, #Bloomerangs has some of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Ballantine: Cold Coffee

Read "Cold Coffee" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Indianapolis-born jazz guitarist/composer Charlie Ballantine has a special relationship with American music of all kinds: jazz, folk, the blues (his father was a blues guitarist, providing some of Ballantine's earliest musical memories) and contemporary rock. His previous album Life Is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan (Green Mind Records, 2018) made the inspiration outside of jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joey Berkley Band: Moving Forward

Read "Moving Forward" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A saxophonist with a penchant for exploring multiple genres, Joey Berkley has a foundational love of straight-ahead jazz, as exemplified on his More n' Four (Self-released, 2009) and his work as director of the Westchester Center for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Yonkers. But his other projects allow him to explore his avid passions for R&B, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

Read "The Contemporary Dynamic" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Take everything you know about what a debut record should and should not be. Now promptly throw those ideas into oncoming traffic and don't look back. Young Pittsburgh bassist Tony DePaolis has redefined the boundaries of the all-important debut record with The Contemporary Dynamic. It's a concept album. It's a double album. ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

Read "Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lucia Jackson You and the Night and the Music Roni Music 2018 To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City —native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amanda Gardier: Empathy

Read "Empathy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

With a clear sense of composition and where her own fluid voice, and those of her superb surrounding musicians, fall within the whole, Indiana-based alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier opens her debut disc, Empathy, on the multi-layered strengths of the palette-setting “Giants," an expansive piece that allows her plenty of time in the lead before gracefully stepping ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD Player di... Phil Markowitz" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Count Basie/Duke Ellington -The Count Meets the Duke (Columbia -1961). Incontro ai massimi livelli. Sicuramente la sfida ha tirato fuori il meglio da tutti i grandi solisti, che suonano con grande personalità e swing, con Basie e Duke insieme a sciorinare ritornelli blues. Tutto quello che c'è da sapere su come si suona il ...

Full Circle

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2014

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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