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Arborescence

Aaron Parks

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1
Asleep In The Forest
Aaron Parks
4:15
2
Toward Awakening
Aaron Parks
6:16
3
Past Presence
Aaron Parks
4:28
4
Elsewhere
Aaron Parks
7:04
5
In Pursuit
Aaron Parks
5:33
6
Squirrels
Aaron Parks
2:22
7
Branchings
Aaron Parks
5:09
8
River Ways
Aaron Parks
3:07
9
A Curious Bloom
Aaron Parks
3:24
10
Reverie
Aaron Parks
4:17
11
Homestead
Aaron Parks
3:59
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    49:54
"Four Stars ... his melodic sense is acute and original, his narratives and harmonies varied and his pacing subtle ... Arborescence has a low lights feel, but its musicality and lyricism glows very brightly."
- The Guardian

"... this expansive, impressionistic outing sounds like a vision quest ... Parks wanders through dreamlike landscapes, unafraid to have ideas before he knows what they are. Moments of realization throughout bring these improvisations into focus, with transient cadences, lyrical upwellings and shifts in rhythm ..."
- JazzTimes.com

Young prize-winning pianist Aaron Parks titled this album Arborescence to indicate that the music is the fruit of a session of solo studio improvisation in which little was predetermined; the pieces developed in the moment like “living things,” the branches of a tree, for example. It’s possible to hear fleeting echoes of Arvo Pärt and Paul Bley, Erik Satie and Kenny Wheeler, but Arborescence is ultimately something deeply individual and intimate. Listen closely to hear Parks whispering part of a melody along with the piano, as if he were playing at home alone, for himself. This is contemplative instrumental poetry that “often felt less like conscious intention,” Parks says, “and more like something half-dreamed, half-remembered.”
88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded November 2011 Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Engineer: Rick Kwan
Mixed at Avatar Studios, New York Cover
Photo: Wunsch / Kleis
Liner Photos: Sun Chung
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Sun Chung

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