The arrival of Marvin Parks on today’s jazz scene can be considered a very fitting addition to the renaissance of the African-American jazz crooner tradition. While having his roots in gospel and considering jazz singers from the’50s and ’60s such asKing Cole, Johnny Hartman and Joe Williams an inspiration, Marvin Parks yet remains by all means an artist of today.
A debut album that shines new light on some well-known standards but also features original compositions, Marvin Parks’ first opus has been produced by Nicola Conte, who backed Marvin’s light baritone with a combo of amazing musicians.
The album has been recorded in Italy in two main sessions. The first one took place at Sorriso Studio in Bari, where Nicola Conte recorded all his albums, with a fantastic line-up including Daniele Tittarelli (alto saxophone), Francesco Lento (trumpet), Pietro Lussu (piano), Luca Alemanno (double bass), Nicola Angelucci (drums), Pierpaolo Bisogno (percussion) and, of course, Nicola Conte himself (guitar). The second session took place in Milan, at Schema Records’ Blue Spirit studio, with the same rhythm section and a very special guest: Logan Richardson (alto saxophone).
While the first session reminds the classic Blue Note sound of the ’60s, the second one casts a sound with African influences and moods that evoke the historical Coltrane / Davis quintet playing in Paris in 1960… Paris, which by coincidence is Marvin Parks’ hometown in these days.