"Float Out to Sea"
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.
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"
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.
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" a tone poem
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!
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"
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”.
Tenor legend Von Freeman + Tatsu Aoki-Sparrow-Mike Raynor & Joanie Pallatto-bold new group creations!
"If It Wasn't For Paul"
Bassist Aoki & pianist Sparrow explore music with improvised duets (+”out” vocals from Joanie Pallatto).
Pianist/Composer Bradley Parker-Sparrow. If there is music for a New Age, this is it!
"The Desert Rat Suite"
Pianist/Composer Sparrow's futuristic epic, with Von Freeman, Billy Brimfield, Redd Holt & more…