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The pianist Aaron Parks—who's been a sideman to Terence Blanchard and is a member of James Farm (a band that includes Joshua Redman)—got quite a bit of attention for his 2008 Blue Note release Invisible Cinema, where he led a fine quartet. On his 2013 ECM debut, Arborescence, Parks goes it alone. The album captures solo piano improvisations where little has been worked out in advance. Parks has spoken of the influence of Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley, and you can hear that in his playing. But Arborescence shows that Parks has his own distinctive voice. The first track, “Asleep in the Forest,” opens with a passage that recalls French Impressionism more than jazz. The piece moves forward from there; it’s nicely structured and even songlike at times. “In Pursuit” bristles with energy as left-hand block chords create tension. Caught up in the drama, Parks quietly sings along. “Squirrels” captivates the ear with its dashing lines, especially when Parks flirts with atonality. “Homestead,” which evokes old churches, rural life, and traditional ways, serves as the closer.

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One amazing musical journey to experience again & again!

Aaron Parks' new solo piano album 'Arborescence' has not gotten far from my stereo since picking up my copy over a week ago. The amount of visceral beauty, mystery, suspense, subtlety, depth, vivid colors with cinematic-like imagery all emanating from this album really is something special. Aaron makes every note count, and this album simply draws you in from beginning to end, demanding your undivided attention. Look forward to returning again & again, picking up more details along the way. What a beautiful journey.

ECM Piano Music at it's finest

In solo piano music, we always think of Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Chick Corea (all ECM artists at one point) and fruitful of others. Now we can add a great young Aaron Parks to the mix. His music is not known to me until his adding to the ECM roster and I am glad they did. His music is fresh, warm and reminding me of early solo piano albums that ECM had in their catalog. Recorded in my area of New England you can feel the charm of New England during the year. You can also hear Keith Jarrett's harmonizing with the piece of music. Aaron must have been influenced by that and took a cue. The music felt as if it were coming into being and going where it had to go, in that sort of arboreal way. Its possible to hear fleeting echoes in this music of Arvo Part and Paul Bley, Erik Satie. I anxiously await his trio format (which he has out on a private label) or a solo music he might give us.


One of my favorite pianists. Great album.


Born: October 7, 1983 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Pianist Aaron Parks is a forward-thinking jazz musician who came to the public's attention during his time with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Born in Seattle, Washington, Parks began playing piano at a young age and by the time he was 14 had enrolled in an early entrance degree program at the University of Washington. Originally, Parks pursued both science and music degrees; however, his prodigious talent won out and by age 16 he had transferred to the Manhattan School of Music. While there, he studied...
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Arborescence, Aaron Parks
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Oct 04, 2013

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