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Aaron Parks Little Big

  • Black Cat 400 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA, 94109 United States (map)

“Aaron Parks Little Big”, the new album from the acclaimed pianist, keyboardist and composer, is at once the culmination of his brilliant early career and the long-awaited follow-up to his Blue Note Records debut, “Invisible Cinema”. That earlier release, with its gorgeously melodic writing and improvising and deft us of indie-rock, electronica and hip-hop elements, established Parks as of the most gifted and original young voices in jazz. “This is the natural successor to that record,” says the New York-based Parks, 34. “It’s taking the ideas of that project and doubling down on them--fully committing to that direction.”

Aaron Parks - piano
Greg Tuohey – guitar
Tommy Crane – drums
David “DJ” Ginyard – electric bass

Greg Tuohey (guitar) is the longest-running member of the quartet - a guitarist who places taste and tone ahead of chops-focused bravado, or as Parks puts it, “It’s like he’s chasing Miles Davis’ phrasing with Jimi Hendrix’s attitude.” David “DJ” Ginyard (electric bass) is a left-handed player with a distinctively lyrical approach and an aptitude for seeing the bigger musical picture. “He really understands what the bass does, and he thinks super compositionally” Parks says, noting how some of Ginyard’s basslines have become integral to the songs. Anchoring the unit is TOMMY CRANE (drummer), a forward-looking, stylistically resourceful musician who brings both explosive creativity and a producer’s knack for precision. “He has a very unique ability to internalize and commit to the particular heartbeat of each song,” Parks explains, “but always with this vital and elastic human element, which is rare to hear in combination with the kinds of grooves we’re exploring.”

Earlier Event: October 12
Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer
Later Event: October 12
The MegaFlame Big Band and Cabaret