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Bradley Parker-Sparrow


"Float Out to Sea"


UPC: 700797014722

October 2017

Bradley Parker-Sparrow, Joanie Pallatto & The Machine Band – Alternative Jazz!

Yes we still do "albums" at Southport. Joanie and I (Sparrow) have, because of strong demand, teamed up to do another one.... "Float Out to Sea." Songs are like short stories shared with band members and the audience. "Float" features John Devlin on bass and guitars, Luiz Ewerling, drums and percussion with special guests Bobby Lewis, trumpet and Janice Misurell-Mitchell, alto flute.
All tracks were recorded at the secret 2nd story studio on Southport with engineer ace Todd Carter, and we continue to do overdubs and mixing, like back in 1979 for "Latin Black" on the old TEAC 4 track, only now it’s computer tracking- with yummy vintage tube microphones. These days with digital there are too many tracks and less places to play live un-digital music.


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UPC: 700797013725



But what is the song about?  Is it a love song, or song about the condition of our society?  "Days with Joanie & Sparrow" is a life collaboration of original songs - with the rhythm section of Luiz Ewerling, drums and Kurt Schweitz, bass along with featured artists Bobby Lewis, Pat Mallinger, George Freeman, John Devlin, David Onderdonk, Alejo Poveda, Steve Gibons, Eldee Young and Redd Holt.  Design by Al Brandtner.

The Black Romantic

 "The Black Romantic"

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UPC: 700797012629


On "The Black Romantic" label founder Bradley Parker-Sparrow is like a musical “blender” tearing apart classical, jazz and modern piano for a rich “stew of the new” with his 2nd solo piano effort, recorded on the famed BaldwinSD-10 9’Concert Grand. Produced by Joanie Pallatto. Design by Al Brandtner.

Shut Eye

"Shut Eye"

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UPC: 700797012322



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Bradley Parker-Sparrow - "Shut Eye"

(the composer's variations)

featuring Joanie Pallatto & Bobby Lewis

with excerpts from "Shut Eye" - a John Covert Film

Pianist/composer Bradley Parker-Sparrow explores a new theme for a film by director John Covert, "Shut Eye." The music is cinematic in scope, following the sinister moods of characters within the film, featuring vocalist Joanie Pallatto, the flugelhorn of Bobby Lewis, vocalist April Aloisio, john E. Magnan, bass and Alejo Poveda, drums. Meshing the concert grand piano with keyboard work and samples, Sparrow presents his dramatic, thematic statements. Much of Pallatto’s work features wordless vocals, portraying the moods and characters imagined onscreen, including a breathy duet with Lewis on the sexy track, “Wet.” The director says of the film: "A Shut-Eye is what magicians call one of their own who gets so good that he begins to believe in his own magic and forget that it's just a trick." 

The Light

"The Light" a tone poem 

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UPC: 700797010922

December 2004

Rick Kogan of WGN Radio (AM 720) says this about “The Light”:
“…that’s a little more “out there,” as we used to say… it’s a remarkable piece of work, though… from Bradley Parker-Sparrow, one of the great songwriters and performers in town.

Bradley Parker-Sparrow, pianist and composer, recently released Southport Records CD 109, “The Light, a tone poem” featuring vocalist and composer Joanie Pallatto. As partners of Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio and Southport Records, Joanie & Sparrow are celebrating 20 years on Southport Avenue this October!

Canned Beer

"Canned Beer"

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UPC: 700797009827


May 2003


Joanie Pallatto/Sparrow and the Machine Band will play compositions from their soon to be released Southport Records CD “Canned Beer.” With John E. Magnan on electric bass, and Alejo Poveda on drums, composer-pianist Sparrow with composer/vocalist Pallatto offer modern musical interpretations of popular/dance/hip-hop/cabaret and world music forms. With the Corporate Control of modern radio and media by consolidation and advance monopolies this CD and band is an attack of the closed system of not only radio, but live and concert music. This will be the 98th album project released on the independent Southport Records, Chicago.

We Are Not Machines

"We Are Not Machines" 

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UPC: 700797009322

December 2001

Southport founders Sparrow and Pallatto offer new musical experiments that cross forms.  This project is also the score for a John Covert feature film called “Watch”.



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  UPC: 700797003528

  May 1996

Tenor legend Von Freeman + Tatsu Aoki-Sparrow-Mike Raynor & Joanie Pallatto-bold new group creations!

If It Wasn't For Paul

"If It Wasn't For Paul"

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UPC: 700797003429

June 1995


Bassist Aoki & pianist Sparrow explore music with improvised duets (+”out” vocals from Joanie Pallatto).



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UPC: 700797001326

February 1995

Pianist/Composer Bradley Parker-Sparrow. If there is music for a New Age, this is it!

The Desert Rat Suite

"The Desert Rat Suite"

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UPC: 700797001425


    November 1991


Pianist/Composer Sparrow's futuristic epic, with Von Freeman, Billy Brimfield, Redd Holt & more…

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