JEFF PARKER & THE NEW BREED
Tortoise, Istope 217 and Chicago Underground guitarist presents his New Breed project
Ronnie Scott’s Sunday 2nd April
JEFF PARKER guitars/effects, JOSH JOHNSON reeds/ keys, PAUL BRYAN bass guitar/synth, JAMIRE WILLIAMS drums/ sampler & LARS HORNVETH saxophone/effects
Probably best known as a longtime member of the influential indie-band Tortoise, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Jeff Parker is recognized as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists and composers. In 2016 Parker released ‘The New Breed’, his first recording in four years. The album was bestowed with a plethora of 4-5 star reviews and made a significant showing in many End of Year critic polls. Parker, an integral part of what has become known as “The Modern Chicago Sound” is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground and has been an associate member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1995.
A look at his work as a sideman offers a glimpse into Parker’s diversity – Joshua Redman, Toumani Diabate, Daniel Lanois, Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, Jason Moran, Joey DeFrancesco, Charles Earland, Tom Zé, Meshell Ndegeocello, Makaya McCraven and many more. Parker has released several, exquisite albums as a leader, all to critical acclaim with further recordings including an album of solo guitar, Eno -inspired ambient duo music and a new album from Tortoise.
But for this show, Parker presents music from last year’s ‘The New Breed’. Seamlessly integrating electronic and acoustic elements, playing on the beat, stretching it and improvising around it. The recording was described by one critic as “an instrumental hip-hop album-reminiscent of a producer sampling 1970s soul-jazz, but with a live band playing the samples while keeping a boom-bap idea in mind”!
“His sound is unmistakable and unpredictable, yet at the same time precise and refined…history will certainly reflect that he is one of the more noteworthy guitarists of his generation.” -Dusted Magazine