\\ 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

Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band was one of the most forward-thinking ensembles ever; extending upon the electro-acoustic concepts that he had first begun to explore as a member of Miles Davis’ band, and blending them with his own advanced compositional ideas – reaching an apex (in my opinion) with the Sextant album. This record has blown my mind for 20 years and I still hear new things every time I listen to it.

Miles Davis \\ Live-Evil

The first time I heard this album, I swear I saw the future (or my future, at least). If I could be granted one wish, it would be that Miles Davis and Hermeto Pascoal had made a whole album together. This tune, Little Church is one of the few collabs that they were actually able to do.

Yesterday’s New Quintet \\ Angles Without Edges

This record really made me see the possibilities in putting a head-nodding vibe on jazz music. I feel that Madlib is one of the great musical genius minds of our time. To me, he has a very idiosyncratic take on the relationship between jazz and hip hop. Check out his cover of the RAMP (Roy Ayers’ Music Project) classic Daylight.

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.

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JS | Tina Edwards

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