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The subtle weave of textures and rhythms heard on Leon Parker's Awakening is likely different than anything you've heard before. Were you to talk to Parker, a young rhythmatist who's made a big impact recently, you'd realize that's because Parker is probably not like anyone you've met before. Parker honed his trap-set skills in some of Manhattan's more interesting clubs, alongside the likes of saxophonist Steve Wilson, who plays on this track. He's continued develop a beat-based aesthetic that represents the best of the crossroads between jazz and ethnic musics of the world. Together with Natalie Cushman, Parker spins a percussive web that grabs you and holds you gently, but firmly. Look for Parker beating his chest and outpacing most other musicians in the future.

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

This is a timbrally spare date, essentially Parker engaging a multitude of skins, shakers, gongs, mallets, keyboard, and even a bowl, joined by other percussionists, by saxophones and flutes on assorted tracks, and voice on several pieces. But what Parker brings to this broad rhythmic, spare harmonic landscape is an enormous bag of rhythmic traditions. -- Jazz Times


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007NAL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Shatan on December 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
By this, his third album as a leader, Leon Parker had almost abandoned traditional jazz entirely. This album is full of mysterious percussion textures, memorable melodies and hypnotic rhythms. It's beautifully recorded and totally original. It somehow manages to be incredibly refined while also being wonderfully relaxed, like a group of drummers in Central Park on a summer Sunday. Anyone who enjoys music with a spiritual dimension will like this CD.
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By Baddstuff on December 29, 2008
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this disc is unlike anything I have heard before in the sense that it is very stripped down but still manages to be a joy to listen to and is quite moving. Close your eyes and kick back with this disc and let its joyful rhythms and percussive sounds take you away. This is really beautiful music. Kudos to Mr. Parker!
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