Russell Carlson      John Corbett      Julian Cowley      Stefan Gijssels      Walter Horn      Hugh Jarrid      Chris Kelsey      Budd Kopman      Jon Morgan      Harvey Pekar      Alexandre Pierrepont      Massimo Ricci      Alexander Schmitz      Derek Taylor      Dan Warburton      Kevin Whitehead     

publications   All About Jazz

personal contacts   We had a weird exchange. In his review of Song Songs Song he busted me for an error in my liner notes (I meant sharp 9 but wrote flat 9), but then erroneously said that a person I quoted (snidely, he says) “does not even know Fields.” She does and I told him, but he left the error posted.

reviewed   Song Songs Song

bias   Unknown.

reviewership   He reviewed the CD in a vacuum, without listening to anything else of mine, and made several errors. But although he could have spent less time analyzing the liner notes, he seemed to grasp the music. 2.5 upturned noses.

musicianship   Appears to be a guitarist, but that’s all I know. Evaluation Pending.

aggregate rating   2.5 upturned noses.

from Song Songs Song   Neither player can be called a traditional guitar player on this release, but Parker (left channel) is definitely the more lyrical and sentimental—“LK 92” has a very strong and (dare I say) pretty melody with a poignant secondary answering phrase; and “The Fields of Cologne” has an atmospheric “Frenchness” about it that draws one in, plus it has a definite quote from a jazz standard. Fields is much more in your face (note the song titles), and gets more “out there” sounds from his guitar, which come from the world of electronics and stomp boxes, sometimes scraping and pulling the strings (a picture shows him using a violin bow on his strings), sometimes using the volume knob to swell whatever distortion or feedback he is getting at the moment, and hence comes across as more experimental (despite the fact that there are obvious motivic figures), but always in control.


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