Phil Parisot Drummer & Composer

"An imaginative composer and
an extraordinarily musical soloist."
- Paul de Barros (Downbeat, The Seattle Times)

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Drummer Phil Parisot's third release as a leader is a project inspired by the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. While shifting his focus to composition in recent years, Parisot observed that countless roads lead to Bach, whether through Bud Powell, Keith Jarrett, or even Albert Einstein. This insight inspired Parisot to research Bach's personal journey and compositional approach, then apply this knowledge when developing his own material. Inventions is a humble tribute to the "musical scientist" from Thuringia, whom Beethoven referred to as "the immortal God of harmony."

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While composing music for Creekside, his second OA2 release, Seattle drummer Phil Parisot was in reflection on how nature manifests itself within urban environments. An invigorating point of departure, or an enveloping sanctuary, obvious or hidden hints of nature within the daily city grind can act as a social equalizer, returning us quickly to our origins. Parisot runs threads of these thoughts throughout the program while maintaining rich ties to the jazz tradition and his sense of swing. Besides his usual working quartet with Steve Treseler on tenor saxophone, Dan Kramlich on piano, and Michael Glynn on acoustic bass, Creekside features a longtime friend and collaborator, New York trumpeter, Tatum Greenblatt.

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For Seattle-based drummer/composer Phil Parisot, playing music is about coming home. With "Lingo," he introduces a new quartet comprised of musicians he's known for 20 years. The result is a dark and atmospheric sound that draws upon an array of influences, including Afro-Cuban, fusion, and symphonic, all molded seamlessly into a cohesive modern jazz package. In addition to presenting a number of original compositions, "Lingo" is enhanced by references to Hugh Masekela, Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, and more. Joining Parisot is Steve Treseler on tenor and soprano saxophone, Dan Kramlich on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Michael Glynn on acoustic bass.

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"Parisot is in his realm here, unleashing a torrent of fills and cymbal accents throughout. . . The level of pure, seething virtuosity is stunning." - Mark Holston



"Parisot never seems to run out of inspired thought as a composer, or original rhythmic conception as a drummer." - Paul Rauch



“The playing of drummer Phil Parisot is always stimulating and strongly interactive.” - Scott Yanow



“On drums Phil Parisot is engaged and engaging throughout; he takes up the challenges of the often complex counts with apparent ease.” - Peter Monaghan



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Hailed as "an imaginative composer and an extraordinarily musical soloist," drummer Phil Parisot offers a fresh take on acoustic jazz.

The Seattle native began playing professionally at age 15. While a student at Garfield High School, he played at Lincoln Center, North Sea Jazz Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival. Parisot then studied music at William Paterson University under the tutelage of James Williams and Harold Mabern. He also studied privately with jazz drumming legends Joe LaBarbera, Bill Goodwill, Carl Allen, and Rashied Ali. 

In over 20 years as a key contributor to Seattle’s renowned jazz scene, Parisot appeared at a wide variety of clubs, festivals, and concert halls supporting top Northwest artists including Jay Thomas, Jim Knapp, and Kelley Johnson. He was a regular performer at the legendary venue Tula’s (featured in Downbeat Magazine's Guide of 100 Great International Jazz Clubs), in addition to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and The Triple Door. Parisot has contributed to numerous studio recordings with the city’s leading jazz musicians, many of which have earned critical praise. As an educator, Parisot has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Central Washington University, and Seattle Drum School.

Parisot has released three albums as a leader: Inventions, Creekside, and Lingo. These recordings have received extensive radio play and positive reviews in the jazz press, including notable mention in All About Jazz, JAZZIZ, and Modern Drummer.

In recent years, Parisot has focused on composing original pieces as well as arranging material from the rock bands whose music he absorbed in his youth. This activity has resulted in the development of a unique approach including attractive melodies, rich harmonies, and multi-layered rhythms. The combination of these elements gives Parisot’s writing an original and distinctively pleasing sound, as can be heard on Inventions as well as upcoming releases covering music by Nirvana, Alice and Chains, and Soundgarden.

Phil Parisot currently resides in Arizona.



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