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Moving Forward Now

by Chris Parker

"Moving Forward Now" is jazz musician Chris Parker's debut studio album. Parker's arrangements of works by Sam Rivers, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Bob Dylan as well as his own compositions are performed by a stellar cast of jazz musicians from the Midwest.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Battle Hymn of the Republic
7:31 album only
2. Adagio Sostenuto
7:21 album only
3. Moving Forward Now
4:59 album only
4. Beatrice
5:50 album only
5. Trippin-A-Let
7:24 album only
6. Don't Think Twice It's All Right
5:38 album only
7. Positive Energy
8:15 album only
8. Autumn Leaves
6:33 album only
9. It's No Secret
8:30 album only
10. Discovery
2:26 album only
11. The Process
4:07 album only
12. Arrival
3:37 album only
13. Enjoy the Process
3:09 album only
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Album Notes
“Battle Hymn of the Republic” might not seem like an obvious choice for the opening track on a jazz musician’s first album as a leader, but for drummer Chris Parker, a percussive call-to-arms translated into a swinging groove is highly appropriate. Parker’s indomitable spirit, his omnivorous capacity to play numerous instruments and to operate in a wide variety of jazz contexts, is represented here by his eclectic choice of repertoire and a turn on tenor sax for his lovely, Coltranesque ballad “Positive Energy” (a fitting title from this exuberant young artist). He also shows off his arranging chops on tunes ranging from Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (featuring singer Rachel Caswell) and Sam Rivers’ jazz standard “Beatrice” to the aforementioned “Battle Hymn” and Rachmaninoff’s “Adagio Sostenuto.” In addition, there’s an ambitious four-part suite, “Then and Now,” the punchy funk of the title track, and the hip, laid back, infectiously-catchy “It’s No Secret,” that give evidence of a compelling compositional gift. This debut outing is no one-man band, however; Parker has enlisted some of the best jazz musicians in the Midwest, including bassist Jeremy Allen, saxophonists Jamey Aebersold (showcased on “It’s No Secret”) and Rob Dixon (who powers the evolutionary surge of “Then And Now Suite”), pianist Luke Gillespie, clarinetist Frank Glover, trumpeter Pat Harbison, and guitarist Dave Stryker (check out his tour de force solo on “Trippin-A-Let")—testament to the respect that he’s already earned from his older colleagues. Moving Forward Now leaves me excited to hear where Chris Parker will be going next; wherever it is, he’s well on his way.

-David Brent Johnson, Jazz Director WFIU-Bloomington, Indiana



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frank glover

Hey everybody-
Check out one of the great young drummers in the country. It was a pleasure to work with him.