Anthony Parks


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A bizarre yet flavorful work of original music filled with easy-to-obtain melodic oddities and free-speech idioms by Atlanta, GA's local musician Anthony Parks. Charming and artistic to say the least, Parks is a master of working out and arranging strange yet intriguing melodies using a variety of different instrumental, percussion, and keyboard settings. With the help of another notable Atlanta pianist, Beth Michaels, on the tracks "Share the Blame," "Rainbow Inside," and "Baby Angel," Parks shows certainly a unique expression in the perspective of jazz, gospel, and R&B music. The music of Anthony Parks is like a canvas painting expressing many moods and feelings -- both uplifting and haunting -- and a variety of tempos and musical colors. Certainly a enjoyable listening ride for a couple times, if for only the average music listener. Unfortunately though, because this kind of music reflects the tastes of avant-garde and the experimental, listeners accustomed with the more forgiving framework of pop/rock and jazz may not understand it in a positive fashion. Parks' mission toward producing this record was to stress his belief that the human race should not try so hard to guess or figure out everything, but just realize and accept that life is altogether unexplainable. A well-intended mission statement written as a poem on the inside of the liner notes and successfully expressed within the content of Anthony Parks' material.

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