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Nimble soul animates these smart productions by the experimental Tortoise guitarist. But the songs on this album mostly traffic in chilled-out funk, with tracks like “Executive Life” and “Para Ha Tay” creating a steadily soulful vibe. Parker crafts a classic Blue Note Records-informed solo during “Get Dressed,” and he shows off his flair for more tenderly melodic work on “Here Comes Ezra.” Balancing tunefulness with edgy arrangements is a tricky task, but one this veteran musician achieves with ease.


Born: April 4, 1967 in Bridgeport, CT

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Known to many as a guitarist for Chicago post-rock innovators Tortoise, Jeff Parker is a highly versatile musician, arranger, composer, and producer who has been a cornerstone of the city's jazz and experimental music scenes since the early '90s. His relaxed yet precise guitar playing easily adapts to numerous styles of music and configurations of musicians, ranging from post-bop improvisations to experimental electronic music to indie rock. A guitarist since youth, he studied at the Berklee College...
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