DOWNBEAT Review

★★★★ Something fresh is afoot on tenor saxophonist Matt Parker’s impressive debut, Worlds Put Together … Restlessly inventive … This promising debut makes him an album-maker to keep tabs on.

—Josef Woodard, DownBeat

Mid-Year Best of 2013 (Modern & Mainstream Jazz)

For this middle-of-2013 version list of best modern and mainstream jazz records, I expanded the meaning of “modern and mainstream jazz” a little bit this year to take into account jazz that’s the “mainstream” or “modern” of today.

- S.Victor Aaron

eMusic Find of the Week

Find of the Week

Debut album from saxophonist Parker. Crazily exuberant and undeniably soulful. Leads a sextet (plus guests) that includes Reggie Quinerly on drums, Alan Hampton on bass, pianist Jess Elder, Julio Monterrey on alto sax, and Josh Mease on guitar. Some tracks go flying off the rails, but that just makes it more exciting. Just a very fun album.  - by Dave Sumner

Hot House

Parker succeeds admirably in demonstrating an abiding reverence for jazz’s heritage without being overly shackled by its conventions.

—Seton Hawkins, Hot House