Leon Parker

Leon Parker consistently shows that less is more by making a great deal of music on a greatly reduced drum set sometimes consisting only of a snare drum, bass drum, and a cymbal. Parker started playing drums when he was three and became serious when he was around 11. At 15, he playing in a local youth jazz band, and two years later, he started studying classical percussion. After graduating from high school, Parker moved to New York City, taking lessons with Barry Harris and freelancing. During a regular gig as a leader at Augie’s, he began minimizing his drum set, learning to play entire sets using just a cymbal. He made his recording debut with Harvie Swartz, toured with Sheila Jordan, and gigged with Kenny Barron. Parker spent 1989 with his then wife, Lisa (a flutist), playing throughout Spain and Portugal. Back in New York, he became part of the regular band at the Village Gate. The colorful drummer toured and recorded with Dewey Redman, worked with David Sanchez, and was part of the Jacky Terrasson Trio in the mid-’90s, as on their CD “Alive”. Leon Parker recorded as a leader for Epicure and Columbia, issuing Above and Below in 1994, Belief in 1996, Awakening in 1998, followed by Duo with Charlie Hunter on EMI in 1999 , and finally The Simple Life, in 2001
~ based on: Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Albums

Awakening

Label: Sony-BMG
Release date: January 01, 2005

Leon Parker - Awakening

Above & Below

Label: Sony
Release date: February 19, 1994

Leon Parker - Above & Below