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Artist
Jeff Parker
ReleaseProduct
Forfolks
Label
International Anthem Recording Co.
Catalogue Number
IARC0052D
Release Date
December 10, 2021

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Press Release

Jeff Parker’s Forfolks — a new album of solo guitar works — was recorded by Graeme Gibson at Sholo Studio in Altadena, California (aka Jeff’s house) over two days in June 2021. It includes interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s “Ugly Beauty” and the standard “My Ideal,” plus six original compositions including "Four Folks," "La Jetée" (a tune he recorded with Tortoise in 1998), and four totally new loop-driven, stratiform works that marry melodic improvisation with electronic textures.

“It's a particular thing to hear Jeff play solo,” writes veteran Chicago musician and longtime Parker collaborator Matthew Lux in his liner notes for Forfolks. “He is an unusually selfless improviser, oftentimes laying out and highlighting the contributions of his band mates… On this recording, however, he is by himself, joined only by his own ideas, looped or frozen, to flesh out the music he's creating in his mind. Hearing him craft entire sound worlds on these eight selections gives us an opportunity to really see how Parker orders sound.”

Forfolks follows Parker’s critically acclaimed 2020 record Suite for Max Brown, which Pitchfork called an “effortlessly detailed album, full of tradition and experimentation that spans generations … It lives at the vanguard of new jazz music.” The album went on to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Current Contemporary Jazz Chart.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Off Om 1:21 Buy

    Off Om

  2. 2 Four Folks 5:34 Buy

    Four Folks

  3. 3 My Ideal 3:10 Buy

    My Ideal

  4. 4 Suffolk 7:38 Buy

    Suffolk

  5. 5 Flour of Fur 4:08 Buy

    Flour of Fur

  6. 6 Ugly Beauty 3:24 Buy

    Ugly Beauty

  7. 7 Excess Success 10:53 Buy

    Excess Success

  8. 8 La Jetée 4:11 Buy

    La Jetée

Track List

  1. Off Om
  2. Four Folks
  3. My Ideal
  4. Suffolk
  5. Flour Of Fur
  6. Ugly Beauty
  7. Excess Success
  8. La Jetée

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