Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

String Theory » Jeff Parker Trio

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Jeff Parker Trio (Chicago)

This trio has a history. In 1985, Jeff Parker (guitar) and Chris Lopes (bass) met as 18 year old students at Berklee College of Music, and have been playing together ever since. In 1988, they founded a band called The Last Kwartet, and moved to Chicago where Lopes was the original bassist in the influential Chicago group Isotope 217 as well as the Chicago Underground Orchestra. Shortly thereafter they met up with a young Chad Taylor (drums), and the triangle was created. The fruits of this long musical journey can be found on Jeff Parker’s albums Like-Coping, The Relatives (Thrill Jockey) and Bright Light In Winter (Delmark). This trio examines our post-modern musical universe via tuneful compositions by all three members, and an elastic, dynamic approach to improvisation and group interplay -- rooted in our familiar musical traditions, but also searching for the new ones. The concert at Fresh Sound Music Series will include selections from each of the trio’s releases.

Reviews of their latest, Bright Light In Winter:

"An astoundingly tuneful album from Jeff Parker, who continues to be one of the more thought-provoking guitarists of his generation. Just plain beautiful at times." -Bird Gets The Worm

"a stunning cohesion and group identity to the album. 4 stars." -Down Beat Magazine

"sublime...a cohesive entity that is much more than just the sum of its parts." -- All About Jazz

"Elegant and understated...an airy, intoxicating trip." -- Time Out Chicago

"In the best way, this is lounge music for the smart set...a comfort zone you don't want to leave." -- Lloyd Sachs, Jazz Espress and Chicago Sun-Times Jazz critic

Jeff Parker

JEFF PARKER (b. Bridgeport, Connecticut USA, 4/4/67) is a guitarist, composer, educator, and sculptor of sonic textures. Since 1990, he has focused on being adaptable in musical environments that are constantly changing; he is an improvising musician. Recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists, his music is characterized by ideas of angularity and logic. He works in a variety of mediums, from Jazz to contemporary music, using ideas informed by innovations and trends in both popular and experimental music. He creates works that explore and exploit the contrary relationships between tradition and technology, improvisation and composition, and the familiar and the abstract. His sonic palette may employ techniques from sample-based technologies, analog and digital synthesis, and conventional and extended techniques from over 35 years of playing the guitar.

A longtime member of the band Tortoise, he is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground. A look at his work as a sideman offers a glimpse into Mr. Parker’s diversity. This list includes but is not limited to: Jason Moran, Joshua Redman, Charles Earland, Joey DeFrancesco, Dave Douglas, Fred Anderson, Nels Cline, Ken Vandermark, Matana Roberts, Bill Dixon, Nicole Mitchell, Tom Zé, Taylor Ho Bynum, George Lewis, Meshell Ndegeocello and Brian Blade. Currently he has been focusing on solitary work and solo performance – to cultivate and establish an idiosyncratic relationship between electronic and acoustic compositional properties in music. http://www.jeffparkersounds.com/

"Jeff Parker is arguably the most exciting and thoughtful jazz guitarist of the past two decades, a masterful free improviser who's also fluent in everything from postbop to postrock." -- Chicago Reader

"Guitarist Jeff Parker’s performance sounded like a collision of Grant Green’s crisp tone and James Blood Ulmer’s vocabulary. But Parker, probably best known as a member of the post-rock band Tortoise, has absorbed so many styles and worked in so many situations that he really comes across as an individual with vast roots." -- Jazz Times Magazine

Chris Lopes

CHRIS LOPES has been playing, writing and recording music for almost three decades. He is adept at straight ahead jazz and free jazz, afro-caribbean, Brazilian, funk, reggae, blues as well as a very wide palette of musical experiences and expressions of all kind. Chris was an original member of Rob Mazurek’s Chicago Jazz Underground and he has been featured on all three of Jeff Parker’s (Tortoise) trio recordings. Chris has been living in San Francisco, where he performs and records in an amazingly wide variety of musical settings; with Scott Amendola (John Zorn, Bill Frisell), Ben Goldberg (Nels Cline), George Brooks (John McLaughlin), Glimpse Trio, John Calloway (John Santos) and latin jazz/Sephardic singer Kat Parra. Most recently, he has been writing for his latin jazz and funk quartet which he co-leads with pianist and composer, Nina Ott. Chris is also putting the finishing touches on his first publication of solo pieces for the electric bass.

“Lopes’ bass works itself deep into the fiber of the music, adding subtle gradations of colour and tone.” –David Keenan, The Wire

“(Lopes’ composition) Plainsong is a lithe fancy which whispers sweet nothings in your ear before hiving off in a smoky bar to lay its hooks elsewhere.” -Tangents.com.uk

Chad Taylor

CHAD TAYLOR is the critically acclaimed drummer and percussionist for the Chicago Underground ensembles.  He has been featured in Modern drummer magazine, and has performed at festivals throughout Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Chad has played with a wide range of artist in both Chicago and New York.  Chad has a B.A. from the New School of Jazz where he studied with Joe Chambers, Yoron Israel, Pheeroan Aklaff and Lewis Nash. He has performed on over 50 recordings and has worked with such artist as Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Roscoe Mitchell, Iron and Wine, The Swell Season, Jim O'rourke, Sam Prekop, Charles Gayle, Derek Bailey, Jeff Parker, Marc Ribot, Malachi Favors, Henry Grimes, Harrison Bankhead and Cooper-Moore. http://www.chadtaylordrums.com/live/