Suite for Max Brown

Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 239 ratings
2020 Ratings: #261
Liked by 6 people
January 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
International Anthem, Nonesuch / Label
Nu Jazz, Jazz Fusion / Genres
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The veteran guitarist has created an effortlessly detailed album, full of tradition and experimentation that spans generations. It lives at the vanguard of new jazz music.

Suite for Max Brown may be a direct sequel to its predecessor, but it's nonetheless creative and thoughtful. It's also very accessible. Experimental music never sounded this welcoming.

Hell yeah, let's bring back the Roaring Twenties! We can party and jam out to some fine jazz at the speakeasies, but keep your damn mouth shut about Al Capone!

My original intent going into this was just to put the album on as "chill background music" while studying (been busy with that lately). What definitely caught me a bit off-guard was the charming fusion of nostalgic traditional jazz and new-age experimental nu-jazz styles! Tense, but in a very soothing fashion. Never ... read more
A very soothing enjoyable listen. It’s awesome to see quality jazz coming out in 2020.
(This album really grew on me even more. Original score 8.3/10)

This is a lovely set of Jazz-Fusion tracks. Beautifully composed tracks full of lively instruments and is drenched with atmospheric and lush experimentation. I just love how well textured each of these tracks are. They sound so dreamy and relaxing. It's been a while since a jazz album's given me such a warm feeling.

Faves: Build a Nest, C'mon Now, Fusion Swirl, After the Rain, Gnarciss, Lydian, Etc., Del Rio, 3 for L, Go Away, ... read more
I was thinking to myself today that it would be great to see some jazz records come out in 2020. I had been listening to BBNG recently and it gave me that certain itch. Jeff Parker arrived to scratch that itch.

Suite for Max Brown is by no means a simple jazz record, as may be gleaned from the jazz fusion moniker. A lot is done here, sometimes in short order and sometimes over long periods of time. There are elements of hip hop, funk, and soul laced within the jazzy textures, giving Parker's ... read more
After paying homage to his deceased father with his previous album, this new album is a tribute to his (living) mother Max Brown who unofficially acts as a sequel. She is the one on the cover. With all the experience and talent he has, Jeff Parker has given us a great Jazz album combining Nu Jazz with R&B (mainly soul and funk) and Hip Hop sounds. You'll find a generally smooth atmosphere but leaves a lot of room for reflection and confession.

I find that the lack of "good" ... read more
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Track List

  1. Build a Nest (feat. Ruby Parker)
  2. C'mon Now
  3. Fusion Swirl
  4. After the Rain
  5. Metamorphoses
  6. Gnarciss
  7. Lydian, Etc.
  8. Del Rio
  9. 3 for L
  10. Go Away
  11. Max Brown
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Added on: January 11, 2020