Jeff Parker

Tortoise’s lead guitarist reveals his top finds


Photo by Jim Newberry

Photo by Jim Newberry

Read about Tortoise in Wax Poetics issue 40

What happened for you in 2010?
One of the best things about being a touring musician is visiting different vinyl shops when we travel. I spent a fair bit of time on the road this past year, and consequently got to visit more than a few great record stores along the way. Like: Old Town Records in Temecula, California; In Your Ear! Records in Boston, Massachusetts; Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon; an amazing shop in Paris, France (that unfortunately I can’t remember the name of); People’s Records in Detroit, and the Jazz Record Center in Manhattan, to shout out but a few.

Top ten discoveries of 2010 (in no particular order):
Airto Natural Feelings (Buddah Records)
“An amazing album that’s a mixture of Brazilian composition/rhythms and free jazz/improvisation.”

Stanley Cowell Illusion Suite (ECM)
“The beautiful electric jazz freedom sounds we all know and love from Stanley Cowell, with Stanley Clarke on bass and cello, and Jimmy Hopps on drums.”

Sun Ra Astro Black (Saturn Research/ABC Impulse!)
“Top flight Arkestra from 1973, heavily referenced by Madlib on Quasimoto’s The Unseen.”

Alice Coltrane Huntington Ashram Monastery (Impulse!)
“Alice Coltrane’s second record on Impulse!, a true gem; with Ron Carter and Ben Riley.”

The Intruders Cowboys to Girls (Gamble Records)
“Choice Gamble and Huff production from 1968. Includes ‘Love is Like a Baseball Game’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix.’”

Hamza El Din Escalay/The Water Wheel (Nonesuch)
“I found a couple by him this year, but this is my favorite. The Nubian Robert Johnson.”

Kenny Burrell Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (Cadet Records)
“I’ve been looking for the LP of this ever since I wore out the pre-recorded cassette I had of it that I bought at Tower Records way back in the day. (Besides, everyone knows that Kenny Burrell is my favorite guitar player). From 1966.”

Musiques De La Republique Federale Du Cameroun Danses Et Chants Bamoun (Ocora)
“The liner notes are all in French, but I believe these are field recordings from Cameroon from the early 1970s. Transcendent, hypnotic, and beautifully recorded; this record makes me wish I could levitate.”

Regional Orchestra De Mopti The Best of the First Biennale of Arts and Culture for the Young (1970) (Mississippi Records)
“Fans of the great jazz collective Old and New Dreams will recognize the original inspiration for the Don Cherry free jazz classic ‘Mopti.’ And one of the most refreshing guitar solos I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Joshua Abrams Natural Information (Eremite Recordings)
“My favorite new record to come out last year by my good friend and Chicago genius-in-residence, Josh Abrams, with Emmett Kelly, Frank Rosaly, Nori Tanaka, and Jason Adasiewicz. A super psychedelic and ultimately beautiful journey, on limited vinyl-only release.”


Responses from Facebook


One Response

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wax Poetics, Musik and others. Musik said: Jeff Parker: Top Ten Discoveries of 2010: Read about Tortoise in Wax Poetics issue 40 What happened for you in 2… […]

    Tweets that mention Jeff Parker: Top Ten Discoveries of 2010: Read about Tortoise in Wax Poetics issue 40 What happened for you in 2... --

Leave a Response