Aaron Parks: Progressive Jazz Piano

Aaron Parks has played piano on the last three Terence Blanchard recordings. I’m a big fan of those and the have made certain that the band was mentioned as an integral aspect of them. Now Mr. Parks has his chance to shine with Invisible Cinema, his debut on Blue Note Records. The Boston Globe says “…this is a different sort of piano jazz record… Everything is in this mix: classical influence, bop-based grooves, rock attitude, film-score drama, and hip-hop textures…” I have a press release titled “Jazz Meets Indie Rock on Aaron Park’s Blue Note Debut” and that sounds right. You can judge for yourself: AOL Spinner will be hosting a Listening Party featuring full-album streaming of Invisible Cinema the week of release starting Monday.

For more on Aaron Parks, check him out on MySpace.

Buy the CD from Amazon.com!

What Is XMarsX?

I was wondering this when I saw it popping up on music stores’ upcoming releases jazz list. I was glad I looked into it. Turns out this is one of the side projects of Liquid Soul’s Mars Williams. It’s a free jazz project that sounds like something fans of modern jazz will want to try out.
Continue reading “What Is XMarsX?”