This is Jazz Today

On saxophone, Parker seems to enjoy speeding through a song just to see what happens when he jerks on the steering wheel and makes the tires spin out.  Two albums into his recording career, it would appear that his bandmates enjoy the ride, because on his sophomore recording, a trio session this time around, there’s as much wildness as on his fun debut Worlds Put Together.  But Parker is more than just careening through space.  Opening track “Noah’s Arc” bops right along with the heart of an old-schooler.  Three vocal tracks are a nice addition, too, both in support of lyricism and also to shift the pressure on the gas pedal.  Parker’s trio consists of other This Is Jazz Today members past, Reggie Quinerly (drums) and Alan Hampton (bass).

- Bird is the Worm