Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Hrayr Attarian
Chicago-based guitarist Jeff Parker has cut his proverbial teeth with the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and remains an active member of that group. His own work is very much in the spirit of the AACM's musical philosophy, but enhanced by his unique vision that draws from all sources of improvised music including but not limited to jazz.
His third release as a leader, Bright Light in Winter, finds the guitarist in a lean setting with fellow Chicago Underground Orchestra members, drummer Chad Taylor and bassist Chris Lopes, blurring the distinction between composition and improvisation on nine originals by the members of the trio.
The music is generally modal and edgy with the right amount of dissonance to keep things engaging. "Swept Out to Sea," for example, is a minor-key sonata, with Parker logically building on the melody in an almost baroque structure. ... read more...
Personnel: Jeff Parker (electric guitar); Chris Lopes (flute, acoustic bass); Chad Taylor (drums, cymbals).
Audio Mixer: Bundy K. Brown.
Liner Note Author: Hyland Harris.
Recording information: Riverside Studio, Chicago (11/14/2011-11/16/2011).
Photographer: Sheila Sachs.