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Matthew Parrish: Circles

For his debut recording as a leader, bassist Matthew Parrish has put together an impressive pastiche of his lineage (Ray Brown to Christian McBride); his studies at Rutgers University (Kenny Barron and Larry Ridley); his varied experience as a sideman (Clark Terry, Sweets Edison, Wynton Marsalis); and above all, his U.S./European tour with Al Grey, from 1997 until the trombonist’s death in 2000. Circle is dedicated to Grey.

Now becoming a fixture in the New York/Philly club and studio scenes (he lives in Yardley, Pa., giving him access to both), this CD should solidify Parrish’s reputation for composing, arranging and playing any idiom that swings.

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