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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B001CFLHJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Invisible Cinema' (2008), released on the legendary Blue Note label, is the debut album of American jazz pianist and composer Aaron Parks. Parks, already famous in Jazz circles for his early work with trumpeter Terence Blanchard , debuts here as leading his own quartet, featuring Eric Harland on drums, Matt Penman on bass, and Mike Moreno on guitar. The group is an intricate molding of interlocking histories, and that familiarity, along with their considerable chops, gives 'Invisible Cinema' a tight, soulful sound that brings their music to life. Though young, Parks proves himself a composer of depth, and a visionary for his group, exemplified by the wide variety of tracks, which draw comparisons across genres, moods and musical styles. The image-rich soundscape of 'Invisible Parks' features Parks not only on piano, but on mellotron, glockenspiel and synthesizers, underscored by a driving rhythm section in Harland and Penman. Fans of classic jazz will love the old school, tight knit playing on 'Invisible Cinema', and the youthful, dynamic energy of Park's composition is a sure bet for those just starting in the genre.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Carl C. Jackson on September 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Recently, I was lamenting about the passage of many of our jazz greats due to age, sickness, etc. I told my wife that the current generation of musicians don't seem to be interested in nuturing our beloved music with taste and technical prowess. I was wrong. There is a new group of young jazz lions out there and Aaron Parks is at the front of the the pack! In fact, on a recent trip to New York City, we were lucky enough to catch Aaron and a stunningly brillient guitarist named Mike Moreno at New York's "Jazz Standard" club. The music these young men put down was all at once beautiful and intricate. I could not believe my ears. So, I purchased the Aaron Parks CD and was not let down. I've now listened to it multiple times and it keeps getting better. It is inventive and thick with excellent playing. Buy it.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By eliot gardenstreet on September 6, 2008
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One test of an album is, how many times do I want to listen to it? I listened to this one five times before I took a break. That's a lot for me. Usually I'm relieved to get through a new album so I can go back to something I really like. I switched to The Brian Blade Fellowship's Season of Changes for comparison, but I couldn't get through it before I had to go back to Invisible Cinema for another listen. There are at least four things that make this album so satisfying to me. First, there is the physical quality of the playing. Aaron Parks and Mike Moreno both have a beautiful touch, delicate, precise, and supremely confident. Second, there's a lot of variety on this album. In different places it reminds of Brad Mehldau, The Bad Plus, Radiohead, The Pat Metheny Group, world music, and more, but I like Invisible Cinema more than anything I've recently heard from these other artists. Third, Parks makes excellent use of harmonies and other ideas from progressive pop. He even gives us a great bluesy number in "Roadside Distraction" and a great folky number in "Praise." Fourth, despite the variety, the album is unified by a very strong artistic vision. Ben Ratliff in his recent "Critics' Choice" blurb questioned the clarity and consistency of Parks's leadership here, but in my opinion this is just further evidence of Ratliff's unreliability as a critic.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on November 8, 2008
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Aaron Parks take a shot at defining modern piano with "Invisible Cinema". If you've heard the Terence Blanchard and Christian Scott CD's that Parks played on, this CD will feel familiar. Parks plays a relatively spare piano, and the songs sound like they're in a minor key. The relative effect is more of a quiet Vijay Iyer than Brad Mehldau. Guitarist Mike Moreno is on hand to support the song and piano playing. His few solos are very good, though. Some of the songs are rock-inspired, which means Radiohead-esque. These are more likely to have simple, repeated eighth-note lines.

This is a jazz CD which will appeal to rock fans that crossover to jazz, and any jazz fan who likes to stay current.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Skeets-A-Lot on August 31, 2010
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The best jazz artists typically display a strong balance of developed chops and "soul." All of the personnel on "Invisible Cinema" do just that. The compositions are also bold and fresh, while being relatively easy on the ear and even quite catchy. The lack of complicated arrangements and tense harmonies make this a great album for jazz newbies. Hardcore jazzers will appreciate the virtuosity of the group and the emotional depth of Park's compositions. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sweetp on September 28, 2010
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I am a jazz pianist myself. I have been looking for new inspiration for years now. Aaron Parks makes beautiful and inspiring music. Everything about this recording (and Dear Someone)is exceptional. The playing, the writing, the production. He is never indulgent. He is always succinct and well stated. One of the very finest musicians (of any genre)I have ever heard. "Peaceful Warrior" is a wonderful composition, and "Arabesque"(Dear Someone album) is perfection that actually touches my pianist soul, in that it savors the beauty and purity of the piano.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence A. Beck on December 25, 2008
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To me, listening to music is a particular activity that one chooses to do. In other words, I don't typically turn on the radio or put on a CD just to have noise to accompany some task that I'm doing. Much of what passes for contemporary jazz seems to be designed to be such background music. The songs are long and dull.

Aaron Parks' Invisible Cinema is neither of these. It's fast-paced, and the instrumental work by all of the participants is very interesting. I enjoy sitting down to listen to it. Could there be higher praise for a CD?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BK on May 22, 2011
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This is an album full of cinematic, modern jazz that, quite simply, sounds like no one else but Aaron Parks. The elements of indie rock/art rock (especially in "Nemesis") give the album a distinct flavor and transcends even the majority of new jazz. The sidemen could not be more perfect: Matt Penman and Eric Harland's constantly shifting polyrhythmic grooves are the perfect complement to Parks' lyrical lines. Guitarist Mike Moreno, although less noticeable, has a textural sound that falls somewhere between Ben Monder and Kurt Rosenwinkel. The playing livens Parks' haunting, dramatic, and playful compositions; the songs come to life like the characters in an aural cinema. If you dig this album, then check out Aaron Parks, Eric Harland, and Matt Penman with Joshua Redman in the brand new album James Farm (it's fantastic).
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