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October 26, 2011 The twenty-something pianist, already one of the great composers of his generation, has been writing a new book of tunes for a new band. Fellow keyboard player Pete Rende joins Parks and a quartet in this live performance.
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Joshua Redman, on saxophone, and Eric Harland, on drums, perform as half of James Farm on the Fort Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
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August 7, 2011 Hear two songs from the collective quartet's performance at Newport.
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James Farm, L-R: Matt Penman, Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Eric Harland.
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April 10, 2011 The meeting of saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland has proved fruitful. Hear their self-titled debut, the ear-tickling first crop from a jazz quartet featuring four of the best in the business.
December 31, 2008 Cross-pollination of excellent musicians made for some amazing jazz in 2008. The year's best CDs feature numerous musicians collaborating with each other on a wide variety of recordings. Hearing the best musicians work with other geniuses is a wonderful thing to witness. Here are 10 of the best jazz CDs of the year.
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December 22, 2008 Whether openly or covertly, all music types love this time of year. It's list-making season. Those of us behind the Take Five series wanted to get in on the act, too. So we asked WBGO, WDUQ and Jazz24 to share their top picks of 2008 with a couple more from the series curators.
August 19, 2008 In the constant race to find the next cure for jazz (hint: it ain't broken), Aaron Parks seems perfectly content to set his own pace. The 24 year-old pianist discovered music intuitively. In a session from WBGO, Parks plays a mix of jazz and rock that's ultimately neither of those things.
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August 19, 2008 "Nemesis" is less about being jazz or rock than it is about providing a sonic environment. Pianist Aaron Parks adds some contrasting touches: A mellotron and glockenspiel combine with piano and keyboards to create his own episodic drama. Coming from an album with the appropriate title Invisible Cinema, this is soundtrack music for a movie waiting to be filmed.
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