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Album Review

On Awakening, his second album for Columbia Records, Leon Parker continues to shake things up, mixing worldbeat and funk with hard bop. It's an ambitious record but one that is surprisingly successful; it reveals more upon each listen, becoming a thoroughly enchanting record.

Customer Reviews

can we get some ABOVE & BELOW?

i checked out this album because of "All My Life", a song I originally heard on the album "Above & Below". That version is instrumental and is one of the best jazz sessions I have ever heard. Leon Parker's incredible percussion work can be heard throughout the jazz community but do yourself a favor and demand Above&Below-it puts it all into perspective.

Great Album!

This is classic Leon Parker. If you like this then you need to listen to his other albums, like Belief and Above & Below. He is a great drummer and I recomend this to all drummers who like to play jazz. He is able to do so much with so little kit!


Born: August 21, 1965 in White Plains, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Leon Parker consistently shows that less is more by making a great deal of music on a greatly reduced drum set sometimes consisting only of a snare drum, bass drum, and a cymbal. Parker started playing drums when he was three and became serious when he was around 11. At 15, he playing in a local youth jazz band, and two years later, he started studying classical percussion. After graduating from high school, Parker moved to New York City, taking lessons with Barry Harris and freelancing. During a...
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Awakening, Leon Parker
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Jazz
  • Released: May 11, 1998

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