2016’s First Quarter Jazz Scorecard

Matt Parker, Present Time (BYNK) – I’m pretty sure Parker can do anything. For his second release he swings his ass off, goes a little out, nods to the minimalist gestures that folks like Colin Stetson have turned to, and backs vocalist Emily Braden on a slamming version of “I’m Confessin’ (that I love you).”  A big burly sound and the merging of a whole lot of different frameworks, ideas, and concepts into a singular voice makes Parker an impressive player, composer, and bandleader.

- Outside-Inside-Out by Chris Robinson