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Richard X Bennett and Matt Parker's latest album, "Parker Plays X" is set to release on May 5th by BYNK Records. The two showcase their all-encompassing musical visions by co-leading a session for the first time, exploring a dozen compositions that range from straight-ahead bebop to avant-garde freakouts to classic jump blues. Bennett is inclined toward music with a groove while Parker prefers free jazz's boundless experimentation, making their merger a unique experience where they assimilate each other's sensibilities.

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Parker Plays X

Label: BYNK Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Style V Substance; Countertransference; Bus 61; Semi Vintage; Barbaric Yawp; Joy Comes with the Morning; No Cigarettes No Coffee No Weed No Sleep; Two Years Later; Belly First; Night Hawk; Everyman Parker; Sagebrush

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Vijay Iyer, Cal Tjader, Ella Fitzgerald & Ahmad Jamal

Read "Vijay Iyer, Cal Tjader, Ella Fitzgerald & Ahmad Jamal" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 802nd episode of Neon Jazz honoring the late Ahmad Jamal with his trio live in Chicago. From there, we explore new music from Richard X Bennett & Matt Parker, The Joi Jazz Orchestra and Dean Mucetti. We also spin music from Ukraine-based Carlo Muscat who collaborated with Tony Tixier. Finally, we profile musician ...

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News: Recording

Richard X Bennett & Matt Parker Bring Their All-Encompassing Musical Visions Together With 'Parker Plays X,' Set For Release May 5 By BYNK Records

Richard X Bennett & Matt Parker Bring Their All-Encompassing Musical Visions Together With 'Parker Plays X,' Set For Release May 5 By BYNK Records

Friends and collaborators Richard X Bennett and Matt Parker heighten their creative relationship with the May 5 release of their album Parker Plays X on BYNK Records (Because You Never Know). The record finds pianist-composer Bennett and saxophonist Parker co-leading a session for the first time as they—along with bassist Adam Armstrong and drummer Julian Edmond—explore ...

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Article: Album Review

Martin Speake / Alex Maguire: Feathers

Read "Feathers" reviewed by Matt Parker


A partnership which perhaps could and should have developed years ago, saxophonist Martin Speake and pianist Alex Maguire both attended the legendary Barry Jazz School in 1979 which featured an incredible cast of tutors ,including Stan Sulzmann, Keith Tippett, Gordon Beck, Allan Holdsworth and many other “A" list British jazz musicians. Amazingly Speake and Maguire failed ...

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Article: Album Review

Keith Tippett: The Unlonely Raindancer

Read "The Unlonely Raindancer" reviewed by Matt Parker


Some people find that solo piano albums, no matter how highly regarded they may be, struggle to hold their attention for a full listen. This can often be attributed to the relatively small timbral palette apparently available to pianists. However, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the extraordinary performances of Keith Tippett documented in ...

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Article: Album Review

Martin Archer: Another Fantastic Individual

Read "Another Fantastic Individual" reviewed by Matt Parker


This album is perhaps slightly less immediate than some of Martin Archer's other recent releases, such as the eponymous debut album of the Krautrock-esque trio Das Rad, but no less essential and, perhaps, in a sense, more impressive given that it was performed in its entirety by Archer alone. Another Fantastic Individual is a ...

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Article: Album Review

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra featuring Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker: Parallel Moments Unbroken

Read "Parallel Moments Unbroken" reviewed by Matt Parker


For this album, living legends in the world of improvised music Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker joined the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra as featured soloists in these recordings of two separate live performances of the same composition (hence the duplication of some track titles). Parallel Moments Unbroken was written by GIO founding member Raymond MacDonald, and commissioned ...

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Article: Album Review

Hess Is More: 80 Years

Read "80 Years" reviewed by Roger Farbey


In truth, 80 Years may not be everyone's cup of tea, at least, not all of it. However in the midst of this marriage of Kraftwerk-esque synth pop and Carl Orff-like cantata there are some moments of exquisite jazz. Following the two initial synth- plus-singing tracks of the “80 Years" suite, the first intimation that there ...

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Present Time

Label: BYNK Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Noah's Arc; New Horizons; Winter's Gone; One For Duke; I'm Confessin' (That I Love You); Song To Keki; Present Time; The Gong.


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