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Jazz's Aaron Parks Explores on 'Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man'

Jazz pianist Aaron Parks' grooving but exploratory quartet returns for a second recording after being on the road, and it's stunning.


The Best Jazz of 2018

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Aaron Parks Creates a Wide Jazz Universe on 'Little Big'

Jazz pianist Aaron Parks' logical follow-up to his 2008 Blue Note debut recording is deep, cool, joyful, and rhythmically advanced.


Matt Penman's Compositions Are Works of Art on 'Good Question'

Ingenious compositions by journeyman bassist Matt Penman are shaded and interpreted by a wonderful band, especially pianist Aaron Parks, whose playing is textured and includes Rhodes, organ, and vibraphone work.


Emma Frank's Jazz Negotiates Dark and Light

Emma Frank's third recording, Ocean Av, is a brilliant collection of literary jazz that defies categories and features pianist Aaron Parks and drummer Jim Black. PopMatters talks with Frank about the challenges of finding a new voice in jazz.


Nir Felder - "Ernest /Protector" (stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters premieres "Ernest / Protector", one of the flashier tracks from jazz guitarist Nir Felder's forthcoming debut album Golden Age.


Kurt Rosenwinkel: Star of Jupiter

It may not sound like it at first, but guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel is reahcing up and out in our solar system.


The Best Jazz of 2008

More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.


Aaron Parks: Invisible Cinema

The Blue Note debut of a prodigious pianist -- more proof that jazz is consuming contemporary popular music in the best possible way.


Christian Scott: Anthem

A modern kind of emo-fusion from a young trumpeter -- and not at all a bad thing.

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The Best Jazz of 2007

In spite of the perception of jazz as an increasingly niche market, the year's best show a style of music that remains ever youthful in its exploration of new territories, expanding its diversity and range of expression.

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Terence Blanchard: A Tale of Gods Will

The New Orleans trumpeter's lyrical meditation on disaster.

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