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Article: Radio

Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases

Read "Soojin Suh, Damon Locks, Gretchen Parlato, Daniele Sepe & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we feature plenty of jazz for social justice, exciting piano players and young ensembles, unearthed live gems that are coming out during these COVID times both to remind us of the power of live music and to remedy the lack of new live recordings, and the album that confirms Gretchen Parlato's role in the ...

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Garden Party

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: C Melody; Dopolaria; Father Dies, Son Dies; Garden Party; Guilty Happy; Improptu.

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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Article: Album 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 ...

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Article: Album 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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