"Live At The Next Door Cafe"
Chase Music Group (CMG)
CD review by Roger-Z (short version 8/16/04)
Appeared in More Sugar, February 2006 P. 6B
Gil Parris reminds me of a perfect, reversible wind-breaker -- one that looks great on
both sides. Except this jacket would need four sides. Because Parris plays blues, jazz, funk,
and country music. And the parka would have to be see-through since Parris loves to mix his
I once asked Parris why he didn't play more slide guitar. He said he based his style on
rhythmic patterns and that slide didn't really play to his strong suit. Indeed, the rhythm
section separates this CD from previous solo Parris efforts. Joe Ferry on bass coupled with
Stuart Stahr on drums lay down a very simple, but tight, rock-oriented groove. This firm
foundation enables Parris to unleash his patented techniques: distorted pedal-steel-influenced
bends, bluesy double-stops, searing, liquid-gold, single tones, and rapid-fire, staccato
fills that sound like the pops you make by poking your index finger inside puffed-out cheeks.
This live CD contains no overdubs or fixes. I can't find a "clam" on the album!
On "Ain't No Sunshine," Parris’s signature tune and the highlight of the CD, he playfully
roots around his bag of tricks and slowly builds to an amazing climax worthy of Pink Floyd at