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Aaron Parks: Arborescence

Released eight days after the pianist turned 30, Aaron Parks’ Arborescence is understandably preoccupied with growth. If one’s first solo album is a rite of passage, this expansive, impressionistic outing sounds like a vision quest. For 50 minutes, Parks wanders through dreamlike landscapes, unafraid to have ideas before he knows what they are. Moments of … Read More “Aaron Parks: Arborescence”

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John Scofield: Uberjam Deux

It’s easy to have mixed feelings about guitarist John Scofield’s Überjam Deux. Back in 2002, the first installment refused to sit still: It beeped, buzzed, whirred and grooved. A year later, Up All Night felt like a rightful successor, continuing to retrace lines between jazz, funk and electronic music. Both albums demanded contemplation and dance. … Read More “John Scofield: Uberjam Deux”

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Chris Morrissey: North Hero

Until now, sheer variety has distinguished Chris Morrissey. His 2009 debut, The Morning World, was vigorous but pixelated, like a photomosaic: Each track was a bullet point of something else the bassist could be. North Hero is a more focused, intense and ultimately more beautiful picture of who he is. Morrissey isn’t half as concerned … Read More “Chris Morrissey: North Hero”

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