Just ahead of baseball season,
Lisa Parrott launches one across the fence. Round Tripper
(Serious Niceness Records, 2015) is all about the passion of creating
Parrott plays alto and baritone saxophones. With her on this date are
Matt Wilson, drums; Chris Lightcap, double bass; Carl Dewhurst, guitar;
and guest Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet and flugelhorn on two tracks.
“Rosa Takes a Stand” is a Carlos Ward composition that Parrott and her
bandmates adopt as their own. The alto sax and guitar handle most of the
out-front work, with bass and drums getting plenty of action underneath.
Toward the end is an extended call and response, showcasing Wilson’s
dexterity on the kit.
The baritone takes center stage on “Do You Think That I Do Not Know,”
with original music by Lisa and Nicki Parrott. The slow, melancholy tone
draws the listener in. Noordhuis’ flugelhorn accompanies.
Dewhurst penned the other baritone-featured track, “I Don’t Know What.”
The guitar sets the base rhythm, then melds with the sax for the melody.
The base rhythm and Wilson’s stick work provide the backdrop when
Parrott takes off on a spirited jaunt. There’s a transition point when
the sax engages in a chugging phrase while Dewhurst stretches out. The
two then interact where their phrases overlap and complement each other.
The drum and bass track appears to shift into turbo gear briefly while
the two leads thrust and parry. All goes quiet, giving Lightcap a moment
out front while the song fades.
Parrott is one of many Australians who have been shown they can succeed
on the New York Jazz scene. The Down Beat critics poll voted
her as a Rising Star. Though the comparison was made to sports, “round
tripper” being one of several terms used to describe a home run, the
title of the album is actually a tribute to Parrott’s homeland. It tells
of her musical discoveries since moving to the United States about 20
Whatever the inspiration, Round Tripper is a hit.