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