By Martin Johnson, The Wall Street Journal
The new recordings by pianist Aaron Parks and the duo of saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens couldn’t have come at a better time. In contrast to many jazz recordings, their music is easy to listen to, with familiar song-form structures and straightforward solos. The immediate familiarity makes the two albums a sort of jazz comfort food, or the equivalent of the freshly baked bread that seems to be the new hobby of many who are sheltering at home. Read the full review here.