Aaron Parks: Travelers
Aaron Parks (piano)
Invisible Cinema (Blue Note 09011)
Recorded: Brooklyn, January 20-22, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
"Travelers," the opening track to Aaron Parks's Invisible Cinema CD, is an impressive trio outing that demonstrates the virtues of this promising young artist. His touch is crisp and clean, and his musical ideas are cogent. Parks is perhaps best known for his sideman work with Terence Blanchard, but he serves notice here that he is ready to step forward as a leader in his own right. His improvised lines are artfully sketched and pirouette gracefully over the changes. His ability to convey a sense of relaxed flow over the rapid underlying tempo is especially striking. This is a musician you need to check out.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia