CD Like-Coping (CD 215273),
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  • 1. Miriam
    2. Like-Coping
    3. Days Fly By
    4. Holiday for a Despot
    5. Onyx
    6. Watusi
    7. Omega Sci Fi
    8. Pinecone
    9. Cubes
    10. Plainsong
    11. Scrambler
    12. Roundabout
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 543

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Lopes; Jeff Parker; Robert G. Koester; John McEntire; Chad Taylor
    EngineerJohn McEntire

    Personnel: Jeff Parker (guitar, synthesizer); Chris Lopes (flute, bass); Chad Taylor (vibraphone, classical guitar, drums).
    Recorded at Riverside Studio, Chicago, Illinois on June 22-26, 2002.
    Personnel: Jeff Parker (guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer); Chad Taylor (classical guitar, vibraphone, drums); Chris Lopes (flute).
    Audio Mixer: John McEntire.
    Liner Note Author: Jeff Parker .
    Recording information: 06/22/2002-06/26/2002.
    Photographer: Whitney Bradshaw.
    In Chicago jazz circles, guitarist Jeff Parker is known for playing a lot of avant-garde jazz--specifically, avant-garde jazz of the AACM variety. One of the groups that he has played with is the Chicago Underground Quartet, whose work has been influenced by AACM explorers like Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton. But Parker isn't strictly an avant-garde player, and Like-Coping is actually more inside than outside. Like-Coping, the guitarist's first album as a leader, isn't as far to the left as some might expect--most of the CD is devoted to inside post-bop playing. Forming a trio with drummer Chad Taylor (a member of the Chicago Underground Quartet) and bassist Chris Lopes, Parker tends to be intellectual but in an inside, relatively melodic way. Nonetheless, Like-Coping does have its outside moments. "Omega Sci-Fi" and "Holiday for a Despot" are right out of the AACM school of avant-garde playing--and that means the tunes favor space over density and don't go out of their way to be harsh or abrasive. Some free jazz can be downright blistering--Charles Gayle, Albert Ayler and post-1965 John Coltrane are examples of how ferocious the more dense free jazz can be--but when Like-Coping detours into outside playing, Parker is more reflective and spacy than confrontational. Not that this 2002 session goes outside very often--again, Like-Coping is, for the most part, an album of inside post-bop. Parker isn't one to be pigeonholed, and he wisely keep his options open on his enjoyable debut as a leader. ~ Alex Henderson

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (5/03, p.79) - "...Taylor's drumming provides the perfect feathery foil for Parker's guitar, while Lopes's bass works itself deep into the fibre of the music, adding subtle gradations of colour and tone..."
    JazzTimes (6/03, pp.130-1) - "...Though these tunes are light and airy on the surface, there are hidden turns and shadows not too far below..."
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