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Brooklyn based composer and bandleader Nathan Parker Smith released his debut large ensemble album October 14th, 2014 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The group’s live shows have been noted for their unapologetically aggressive and engaging style, heavily informed by European heavy metal, 20th century classical composition and progressive rock. Not Dark Yet was recorded in Brooklyn, NY by Luke Moellman (Great Good Fine OK), and Grammy-Award winning engineer Brian Losch (Maria Schneider, Winter Morning Walks). Nathan Parker Smith’s compositions are devised, both formally and conceptually, to rely heavily on collective group improvisation and to avoid many of the techniques that have become the status-quo approach for modern big-band writing


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The Rite Of Trio: Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!

Read "Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!" reviewed by Budd Kopman

There is nothing to do but to dive in and experience the full force of The Rite of Trio head-on and fearlessly. With Getting All The Evil Of The Piston Collar!, guitarist Andre Bastos Silva, bassist Filipe Louro and drummer Pedro Melo Alves draw energy from the dark side and aim to conquer and ...


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George Walker Petit: Emergence

Read "Emergence" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Guitarist (and bassist) George Walker Petit originally got into the recording side of the music business (in 1979) because he was not hearing in playback or the final product that which he had heard in his mind while he was playing. Along the way he built up quite a reputation as the “go-to" guy who, since ...


Not Dark Yet

Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Mega; Interstellar Radiation Field; Dark Matter; Rhetoric Machine; Fog Over East; Creature Rebellion; Solace; Spin; Build And Destroy; Monsters; Carrington Super Flare.


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Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble: Not Dark Yet

Read "Not Dark Yet" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Slip Not Dark Yet into your player and STAND BACK! The Intergalactic Big Band of Doom is about to crush everything in its path. Otherwise known as the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble, this absolutely burning group is simply a thrill to listen to. Smith is the composer and director of the ...


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Rhetoric Machine

Label: Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
Released: 2014
Duration: 3:29


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