Aaron Parks - Invisible Cinema (4 stars)

Aaron Parks - Invisible Cinema

(Blue Note Records)

JAZZ

The Seattle-born, New York-based pianist’s debut for Blue Note is an impressive one. Jazz piano is a currently crowded field, but Parks makes his mark in convincing fashion. All but three of the tracks also feature the guitar work of Mike Moreno, a contemporary stylist with a smooth but never bland approach. Bassist Matt Penman and the great Eric Harland on drums complete the line-up, and Harland’s contributions are one of the album’s strongest features.

The music is all by the pianist, and he has hinted that there is some kind of narrative hidden within the titles and music, but says no more. There is certainly an evocative, pictoral quality to some of it, and if he occasionally falls into a fashionable over-reliance on ostinatos-over-grooves, he charts an original and absorbing course through the music. Worth checking out.

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