Listen: Jeff Parker talks about “Forfolks” on the International Anthem Podcast
Composer/guitarist Jeff Parker is the guest on the latest episode of Podcast on the international anthem, which colors the background of the albums released by the Chicago-born label. For the episode, Parker spoke with host Ayana Contreras live in front of an audience of friends, family and fans at Dorian’s (Through The Record Shop) in Chicago on December 1, 2021, ahead of the release of his new solo guitar album. , Forfolks. They talk about collecting records, Parker’s journey to adopt lead guitar sounds as improvisational atmospheres, and more. You can hear their conversation below.
Forfolks includes interpretations of Thelonious Monk’s “Ugly Beauty” and the standard “My Ideal”, as well as six original compositions: two previous tracks, “Four Folks” and “La Jetée”, and four new looping stratiform works that marry the melodic improvisation with electronic textures. “A beautifully free, guitar-guided expression of joy and musical exploration,” says guitar world, “a masterpiece of improvisation”. “Beautiful, resonant and focused,” says the coup de grace. “It matches everything he’s produced in his career so far.” You can hear it and get it here.