Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker has shared his new solo album Suite for Max Brown, following the release of singles “Gnarciss” and “Go Away.”
Suite for Max Brown comprises nine original tracks and two covers: a moving rendition of John Coltrane’s “After the Rain,” plus an interpretation of Joe Henderson’s “Black Narcissus,” which resulted in “Gnarciss.”
In a press statement, Parker summarized his approach to the album was “man vs machine.” He explained: “I used to deejay a lot when I lived in Chicago. I was spinning records one night and for about ten minutes I was able to perfectly synch up a Nobukazu Takemura record with the first movement of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and it had this free jazz, abstract jazz thing going on with a sequenced beat underneath. It sounded so good.
“That’s what I’m trying to do with Suite for Max Brown. It’s got a sequenced beat and there are musicians improvising on top or beneath the sequenced drum pattern. That’s what I was going for, man vs machine.”
Watch Parker’s short film for two-part song “Max Brown” here, and stream Suite for Max Brown below: