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Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA) is a guitarist, composer/arranger/producer and educator. A longtime member of the influential indie-band Tortoise, Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. With a prolific output characterized by musical ideas of angularity and logic, he works in a wide variety of mediums - from pop, rock and jazz to new music—using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental forms. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract. His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 35 years of playing the guitar. An integral part of what has become known as “The Modern Chicago Sound" he is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground, and has been an associate member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1995

We're New Again

Label: XL Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Special Tribute (Broken Home, Pt. 1); I'm New Here; Running; Blessed Parents; New York is Killing Me; The Patch (Broken Home, Pt. 2); People of the Light; Being Blessed; Where Did the Night Go; Lily Scott (Broken Home, Pt.3); I'll Take Care of You; I've Been Me; This Can't Be Real; Piano Player; The Crutch; Guided (Broken Home, Pt.4); Certain Bad Things; Me and the Devil.

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.

Good Days

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: Orgasm; Strange Wing; Good Days (For Lee Anne); Batida; All The Bells; Unique Spiral; Lomé; Westview.

Suite For Max Brown

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2020
Track listing: Build a Nest; C'mon Now; Fusion Swirl; After the Rain; Metamorphoses; Gnarciss; Lydian, Etc; Del Rio; 3 for L; Go Away; Max Brown.

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Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

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Jeff Parker & The New Breed: Suite For Max Brown

Read "Suite For Max Brown" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Guitarist Jeff Parker spent many years in Chicago involved in the city's fertile jazz and experimental music scene, primarily as a member of the AACM and the band Tortoise. In 2013 he relocated to Los Angeles. Since then, his music as a leader has combined a 70's rhythm and blues vibe with the sampling, electronic manipulation ...

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New Music from Ken Fowser

Read "New Music from Ken Fowser" reviewed by Bob Osborne

The featured album this week is the new release from Ken Fowser Fowser reflects upon the ephemeral aspects of nature to uncover a series of inspirations hidden in the broken fragments of our cultural existence on his latest release with a captivating program of new compositions. He continues to demonstrate a strong and well ...

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Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days

Read "Good Days" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Of the many Rob Mazurek led groups, his Chicago Underground collective has been the most prolific and adventurous cooperative with seven duo outings and another four trio releases. The quartet version of Chicago Underground, like the 1998 “Orchestra" formation, had issued only one album, the self-titled debut on the Thrill Jockey label in 2001. A one-off ...

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Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020

Read "Due serate al Brussels Jazz Festival 2020" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

The Best of Belgian Jazz 19|20 Flagey Bruxelles 15-16.2.2020 Giunto alla sua sesta edizione, il festival jazz di Bruxelles è diventato in breve tempo un importante punto di riferimento per l'attivissima scena musicale belga, grazie a un programma che dà molto spazio ai giovani musicisti locali, pur senza rinunciare a ...


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