When Jeff Parker, guitarist of influential Chicago band Tortoise, joined us this past summer for a dedicated listening session, it was clear that his musical influences ran deep and eclectic. Selections included De La Soul’s Stakes is High, The Rubáiyát Of Dorothy Ashby, Masabumi Kikuchi’s Susto, and Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo.” It comes as no surprise then that when Parker joined Tortoise in 1996, the group underwent a transformation in their sound. TNT saw the post-rock group move towards jazz, kraut, and avant-garde while also utilizing modern studio techniques the band developed while working on remix projects. The result was one of the best albums of 1998 and a defining 90’s classic where computer music met instrumental avant-garde.
Recommended – Full Listen
Tags: Avant-Garde / Cult Classic / Jazz / Post Rock