Leon Parker

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Not to be confused with the baritone saxophonist Leo Parker.
Leon Parker
Born (1965-08-21) August 21, 1965 (age 52)
White Plains, New York, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Percussionist, composer
Years active 1992–present

Leon Parker (born August 21, 1965 in White Plains, New York) is a jazz percussionist and composer.[1]

His 1998 album, Awakening (Columbia), reached the 20th position on Billboard 's "Top Jazz albums" chart.[1] It was his second album for Columbia.[2]

Parker played on pianist Jacky Terrasson's first three albums.[3] Parker toured with guitarist Charlie Hunter, who commented that "What I always look for in drummers is that they have a perfect blend of the visceral and the intellectual [...] Leon definitely had that."[4]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1994: Above & Below (Epicure)
  • 1996: Belief (Columbia)
  • 1998: Awakening (Columbia)
  • 2001: The Simple Life (Label M)

Collaborations[edit]

  • 1999: Duo with Charlie Hunter (Blue Note)

As sideman[edit]

With Dewey Redman & Joshua Redman

With Jesse Davis

  • As We Speak (Concord Jazz, 1992)
  • Young at Art (Concord Jazz, 1993)

With MTB (Brad Mehldau, Mark Turner, Peter Bernstein)

With Jacky Terrasson

  • Jacky Terrasson (Bluenote, 1994)

With Don Braden

  • Organic (Epicure, 1995)

With James Carter

With Franck Amsallem and Tim Ries

With Virginia Mayhew

  • Nini Green (Chiaroscuro, 1997)

With Jacky Terrasson

  • Alive (Bluenote, 1998)

With Giovanni Mirabassi

  • Terra Furiosa (Discograph, 2008)
  • Out of Track (Discograph, 2009)

With Giovanni Mirabassi and Gianluca Renzi

  • Live At the Blue Note, Tokyo (Discograph, 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b All Music
  2. ^ Stanley, Leo "Leon Parker – Awakening". AllMusic. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  3. ^ Panken, Ted (March 2015) "Jacky Terrasson: On the Edge". DownBeat. p. 35.
  4. ^ Milkowski, Bill (September 2015) "Charlie Hunter: Groove Factor". DownBeat. p. 45.