Chris Parker is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in Indiana. Growing up in Bloomington, he attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and began his professional music career performing throughout the Midwest, then established himself in New York City. He has performed or recorded with Dave Stryker, Rich Perry, Scott Wendholt, Chris Potter, Jim Ridl, Tim Armacost, Charlie Ballantine, Jamey Aebersold, Frank Glover, Greg Abate, Jim Snidero, Monika Herzig, Rob Dixon, and many others.
Drummer Chris Parker's sophomore release dives into an array of intense textures in a pair of new original compositions. Partnering with both New York City and Midwest-based collaborators, Interstate EP blends the influences of each performer seamlessly, taking the listener into a daring genre pushing journey.
Brandon Coleman and Olivia Chindamo's innovative ideas complemented with Scott Pazera's brilliant solo, make "Here to Stay" a strong statement piece which snapshots Chris Parker's growth as an artist.
"Aires (de Chacarera)" features clarinet virtuoso Frank Glover, who has been collaborating with Chris on drums for his latest projects. Scott Pazera, this time on fretless bass, adds Carles Benavent type Spanish flavors while #Bloomerangs bandmates Clay Wulbrecht on piano and Rodrigo Cotelo on guitar comprise the lively rhythm section of this original.
Moving Forward Now
Drummer Chris Parker displays a wide variety of styles on this album of originals and covers. He’s with an impressive team that includes Dave Stryker/g, Luke Gillespie/p, Jesse Wittman/b and Jeremy Allen/b as well as various guests.
Clever ideas like a B3 combo with Steve Snyder deliver a hip take of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as well as a lithe clarinet focus from Frank Glover on Rachmaninoff’s “Adagio Sostenuto” show Parker’s moods of flexibility. His brushes are deft on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and his own “It’s No Secret” with a velvety sax section which includes Jamey Aebersold’s alto in the mix. A four part “Then and Now Suite” has him freewheeling on “Discovery,” asserting himself with Rob Dixon on tenor and soprano on “The Process” and “Arrival” and getting into an advanced bop groove on “Enjoy the Process.” Strong sticks. - Jazz Weekly
Other Works and Collaborations
Moments and Fragments is #Bloomerangs sophomore album. The music featured in the playlist are all original compositions by its members. The album features Stefan Lenthe (Bass), Clay Wulbrecht (Piano), Chris Parker (Drums), and Rodrigo Cotelo (Guitar). Available Fall 2019.
Horizon Sunset’s music is an ode to endings that lead to new beginnings. It inspires to renew ourselves and pursue higher ideals to strive for while letting go. The sun setting is the sun rising at the same time. It sunsets everyday but not always are we lucky to witness the happening while contemplating the endless horizon unobstructed vision.