American pianist/composer Aaron Parks released his Blue Note debut Invisible Cinema at the age of 25 following three Blue Note releases with trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
Little Big, his new band, could be seen as a continuation of the trajectory set on Invisible Cinema, with a deeper commitment to melodic songwriting, modern rhythms, and immersive storytelling. With band members bringing their experiences not only from jazz and improvised music but also electronica, R&B, indie pop, alt-country, and much more, this is genre-fluid music which creates a world of its own. The album Aaron Parks Little Big will be released this fall.
Aaron Parks has performed and recorded with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dhafer Youssef, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, and Marcus Miller, among others. He has released two albums on ECM including a solo piano album and a trio record featuring Billy Hart and Ben Street. He is also a founding member of James Farm with Joshua Redman, Matt Penman and Eric Harland.
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The new Ropeadope album from the acclaimed pianist, keyboardist and composer.
Little Big marks the recorded debut of the intuitive working group that gives the album its title (and which takes its name from a fantastical novel by John Crowley—a favourite book of Parks and, the pianist notes, Wayne Shorter). Parks handled the production duties, with engineering by Daniel Schlett (whose credits include The War on Drugs and Ghostface Killah). The album was mixed by both Schlett and Grizzly Bear bassist/producer Chris Taylor, the latter of whom Parks met in a Seattle big band at the age of 10. “We put a lot of time and care into the way this record sounds, and the result”—simultaneously crystalline and warm, postmodern and natural—“makes me really happy,” Parks adds.
“What we’re aiming to do is blend genres and ideas in an open and fluid way, so that structure and freedom work together to serve the larger concept of the song. It’s a way of working together that feels representative of the kind of world I could imagine many of us might want to live in.”
Out now on Ropeadope