"Parker maintains his own identity through gradations of tone and his personal improvisational style."
"Show me someone who says jazz is no fun to listen to and I’ll show them Matt Parker."
"bops right along with the heart of an old-schooler"
"masterful but easygoing playfulness that makes a great guitar solo"
"Parker's playing can recall the gruff-yet-sensuous lines of Ben Webster" - Hot House
"showcasing a chameleon-like style both hell-bent on defying jazz’ many sub-genres and putting his stamp on them all."
This was such an awesome treat to hear Chris Hardwick mention my new album Present Time.
A special thanks to Dr. Manny Rodriguez for making this happen.
"with this polished, soulful outing that's really more of a thrill ride than any Great America roller coaster."
from left to right: Reggie Quinerly, Orrin Evans, Robin Mahonen (Jimmy Knepper's daughter)
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording with the great Andy Taub
Featuring Reggie Quinerly - drums, Alan Hampton - Bass with special guests Emily Braden - vocals and Jerome Jennings - tambourine
Featured in article about Birdman - Academy Awards: 'Birdman' Wins Best Picture Oscar
Honored to be in such great company as one of the best soprano saxophonist of 2014. Along with Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Dave Liebman
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Parker dutifully worships at the mantle of tradition, but then turns it on its ear"
★★★★ 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
That phrase pretty much sums up Worlds Put Together, a stunning and stimulating recording. It’s one of my favorite albums of the year – be it debut or otherwise.
- Chris Robinson, Outside Inside Out
Crazily exuberant and undeniably soulful. … Some tracks go flying off the rails, but that just makes it more exciting. Just a very fun album. Find of the Week.
—Dave Sumner, Bird Is the Worm
All About Jazz names 'Worlds Put Together in their Best Albums of 2013
What makes Worlds Put Together an accomplished and brilliant release is its ingenuity and its inventiveness. Parker has arrived on the creative music scene a fully formed artist—one with his own unique voice and singular vision.
—Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz
"beautiful and shocking and disarming, a set of music that takes you places you never expect" - Michael Verity, About.com