EFG London Jazz Festival: Aaron Parks Little Big

EFG London Jazz Festival: Aaron Parks Little Big

EFG London Jazz Festival: Aaron Parks Little Big

Next performance:
Saturday 19th November

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Line-up: AARON PARKS piano; GREG TUOHEY guitar; DAVID “DJ” GINYAR bass & TOMMY CRANE drums 

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Return visit of US jazz pianist and composer with a unique cinematic approach to his music.

2018’s Little Big was itself a kind of sequel to Parks’ acclaimed Blue Note debut, Invisible Cinema, a recording that put the composer and pianist in the centre of the conversation about how jazz was developing in the new century. With Dreams of a Mechanical Man, Parks continues to explore the possibilities of how the music can find a voice that incorporates influences from popular music, the jazz tradition, classical composition, and folkloric songs. This new music continues the band’s cultivation of a musical language that marries creative improvised music to more groove-centred music—electronica, indie-rock, hip hop, and psychedelia. 

"Making the simple complicated is commonplace, making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."

These words by legendary bassist/composer Charles Mingus are a touchstone for Little Big, the quartet led by pianist Aaron Parks. The band’s new recording, Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man, communicates with a clarity and simplicity that belies its ultimate depth. “I want to cast a spell,” explains Parks, “to lull you into a trance where you think you know where you’re going, and then take you somewhere unexpected, almost without realizing how you got there.”

https://www.aaronparks.com/

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