Jeff Parker – Like-Coping
Delmark DG 543 (2003)
Jeff Parker has been part of some of the most exciting groups in Chicago including the Chicago Underground, Tortoise, Isotope 217, and Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble. His first solo release, Like-Coping may be sorely overdo, but it was well worth the wait. Fans of any of the aforementioned groups should relish the chance to hear Parker in this intimate setting. The record is full of the melodic compositions, uncanny phrasing, and chordal mastery which have become the hallmarks of Jeff’s sound. Bassist Chris Lopes and drummer Chad Taylor, last heard together on the Chicago Underground’s Playground (Delmark 503), round out this intuitive and versatile trio. Recorded and mixed by John McEntire.