Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, Eric Harland, Volume One ****

A fabulous download and streaming-only affair there's an abundance of melodic ideas at the trio's disposal developed and delivered so organically. Ex-Terence Blanchard pianist Aaron Parks in his brief notes explains that ''In August of 2021, Eric …

Published: 4 Mar 2022. Updated: 4 months.

A fabulous download and streaming-only affair there's an abundance of melodic ideas at the trio's disposal developed and delivered so organically. Ex-Terence Blanchard pianist Aaron Parks in his brief notes explains that ''In August of 2021, Eric Harland, Matt Brewer and I got together for an impromptu recording session. We didn’t rehearse, or talk much about the music, or listen back after takes; after such a long period of pandemic isolation and remote music-making, it felt restorative to just play in real time without any agenda.'' The trio do not stray away from tackling such classics as 'All the Things You Are' but yet seem contemporary and relevant no matter how much they delve into the jazz past. There's a rugged traction to what Harland does that gives the trio a lot of easy mobility and Parks seems so on top of everything that anything is possible. The album includes Parks tunes and material by Brewer, Harland and the late Frank Kimbrough. If you are into the art of the piano trio you simply have to get to hear this.

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Thomas de Pourquery scoops the Django

The Jazz Academy in France has awarded the Django-Reinhardt prize marking the best French jazz musician of the past year, to the 44-year-old saxophonist and singer Thomas de Pourquery who released Back to the Moon with his band Supersonic last year.

Published: 3 Mar 2022. Updated: 4 months.

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The Jazz Academy in France has awarded the Django-Reinhardt prize marking the best French jazz musician of the past year, to the 44-year-old saxophonist and singer Thomas de Pourquery who released Back to the Moon with his band Supersonic last year.

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