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Fabian Holt

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226350370

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226350400.001.0001

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A Closer Look at Jeff Parker and His Music

A Closer Look at Jeff Parker and His Music

(p.129) Chapter Six A Closer Look at Jeff Parker and His Music
Genre in Popular Music
University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores Jeff Parker's subjectivity and musical practice. Parker is ambivalent about defining himself in terms of genre but primarily thinks of himself as a jazz musician, even though his main job for extended periods of time has been playing in the rock band Tortoise. Tortoise's music is primarily based in indie rock and is more distantly related to jazz. Grooves function as a ground for music making in many oral traditions and can be viewed as vehicles for genre mixing. The groove concept is a key to Parker's work. Moreover, it discusses the differences in the groove practice in four areas of Parker's work: his first solo album, Chicago Underground Quartet, Cushicle and Tortoise. Parker plays in all-black jazz bands and in a predominantly white context with Tortoise in which he is the only black person and most of the audience is white college kids.

Keywords:   music, Jeff Parker, jazz, Tortoise, indie rock, grooves, Chicago Underground Quartet, Cushicle

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