Parker is one of the greats...not simply because he knows how to play piano, but because he knows how to write some truly memorable piano driven jazz.
Multi-faceted New York jazz pianist and composer Chris Parker brings his wide-ranging compositional background to his latest recording, "Full Circle." With a front-line of saxophonist John Nastos and violinist Rob Thomas, bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Marko Marcinko provide Parker's ten originals with inspired grooves ranging from calypso to tango to funk--and several things in between--making for an eclectic, yet unified and engaging album.
1 FULL CIRCLE 5:24
2 STEP ONE 6:07
3 LEFT AT BINGEN 4:39
4 STAGES 4:53
5 FREE 5:00
6 EMMY'S SHUFFLE 5:44
7 THE RIDE 5:27
8 FIRST LIGHT 7:10
9 LIKE I WAS SAYING 5:38
10 UP FRONT 5:27
CHRIS PARKER - piano
JOHN NASTOS - alto & soprano saxophones
ROB THOMAS - violin
TONY MARINO - acoustic & electric basses
MARKO MARCINKO - drums & percussion
Produced by Chris Parker
Recorded by Yoshiaki Masuo at Kakinoki Studio, Twin Lakes, PA
on July 8-9, 2013
Mixed by Dean Baskerville at Baskerville Recording Inc., West Linn, OR
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA
Chris Parker photograph by Owen Carey
Design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The multi talented piano man does it again. With a totally different sound and feel than his last trio date, Parker has a bunch of different pals and sounds lending a helping hand on this date. Swinging his way around the room in high octane fashion throughout, this crew is having a good time. They make sure you will too. Whatever ports of call ...
Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
So many musical styles have been pulled into the genre we've come to call "jazz." Even if Latin rhythms, funky beats, or bizarre instrumentation are involved, you can still hear when the musical undercurrent is jazz and, in fact, what would jazz be without it? In its 100-year history, jazz has come full circle. Parker's new record fuses classic ha ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Forget getting serious. Itís time to have some good times with jazz, and this release gets the job done. We need SOMETHING to cheer us up! Pianist Chris Parker writes and arranges this Decalogue of swinging and danceable ditties along with John Nastons/as-ss, rob Thomas/violin, Tony Marino/b and Marko Marcinko/dr. The infectious joy of pieces su ...
All About Jazz (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 lines with ...
All About Jazz (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 North on this alb ...