\\ Under The Influence with guitarist Jeff Parker
Jeff Parker is a huge jazz fan. Following the release of his critically acclaimed album The New Breed in 2016, we asked the Tortoise guitarist to select five jazz albums that have influenced his music.
Herbie Hancock \\ Sextant
Miles Davis \\ Live-Evil
Yesterday’s New Quintet \\ Angles Without Edges
Dexter Gordon \\ Our Man In Paris
What more can be said about this one? One of the most unique albums in the Blue Note catalog (recorded in Paris), has Dexter Gordon leading a date with Bud Powell’s working Parisian trio of Pierre Michelot on bass and Kenny “Klook” Clarke on drums. You can feel and hear the inspiration, joy and admiration for one another in every note of this extraordinary album. Check out their version of Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia.
Grant Green \\ Matador
I hear a very special musical connection every time Grant Green and Elvin Jones played together. Elvin brought out a lyricism in Grant’s playing that I don’t hear in recordings that he made with other drummers. It has had a profound influence on my own guitar playing, to say the least. Matador is my personal favourite of Grant and Elvin’s records. Here’s a great instrumental (thankfully!) rendition of the Bachrach/David ditty Wives And Lovers.
JS | Tina Edwards