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Aaron Parks: Little Big (Ropeadope)

This album picks up where pianist Aaron Parks left off 10 years ago with his acclaimed 2008 Blue Note release, Invisible Cinema. Like that disc, this is the product of a piano-and-guitar quartet playing modern rock- and electronica-influenced postbop. Time, though, has altered Parks’ music: less ostentation, more gravitas. It’s the beauty and vision of … Read More “Aaron Parks: Little Big (Ropeadope)”

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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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