Gil Parris, Guitarist
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Guitar virtuoso Gil Parris he has played
on over two-dozen national records and countless others
with players like David Sanborn, Bob James, Will Lee,
Eric Alexander and Bob Malach. Some of the highlights
in his side-man discography are: "Syndicate of Soul"
(on Shanachie Records with Dr. John, Wilbur Bascomb, and
Corey Glover), "Bluesiana Hurricane" (with Chuck
Rainey, Bill Doggett and Lester Bowie), "Skallelujah"
(with the Uptown Horns), Toko Furuuchi's "Strength"
(for SONY/Japan with an all-star cast of New York studio
players), and Bakhiti Kumalo's solo CD (Paul Simon's bassist).
Gil's playing is influenced by sax, pedal
steel and piano players, which gives him a fresh, unique
style. Of his sound, Vintage Guitar writes, "a dazzling
mix of jazz, funk and even countryÉParris' playing
is so hot it avoids any cliches from those styles."
His creative solo arrangement of "Pop Goes the Weasel,"
featured in the compilation, "Public Domain"
garnered him a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Folk
Gil can be seen performing in New York
City and beyond with the Metropolitan area's top musicians.
He has headlined performances at many prestigious New
York venues, including B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square,
Town Hall, Metropolitan Cafe, Smoke and 55 Bar.