The New Breed

The New Breed

Nimble soul animates these smart productions by the experimental Tortoise guitarist. But the songs on this album mostly traffic in chilled-out funk, with tracks like “Executive Life” and “Para Ha Tay” creating a steadily soulful vibe. Parker crafts a classic Blue Note Records-informed solo during “Get Dressed,” and he shows off his flair for more tenderly melodic work on “Here Comes Ezra.” Balancing tunefulness with edgy arrangements is a tricky task, but one this veteran musician achieves with ease.

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