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Jeff Parker The Relatives

In a move that would delight followers of the Theory of Advancement, The Relatives–Chicago‘s Most Versatile Player and Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker‘s second outing as a leader–sounds like a modern version of a pre-Give Me the Night George Benson album. With it‘s surprisingly accessible sound, John McEntire substituting for Creed Taylor, and an almost Sun Ra-esque version of Marvin Gaye‘s "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You," Parker has created what jazz has needed for a long time: a populist record with enough substance for the haughtiest jazz snob and enough style to keep it interesting.

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