-Roland Kaschube, Editor, Bass Professor Magazine (Germany) said:
"Kevin Parlor dedicates his bass playing on the CD "Bassically Speaking" to a lyrical-melodic style. He doesn't put much importance on overly-flashy riffs, but rather shows how well the bass is suited to playing melodies. Kevin recorded most of the songs on his CD with a Warwick (Rock Bass-Corvette) bass which comes from right here in Germany. With his German bass, Kevin has developed his own tone which sounds beautifully gentle in your ears; especially since Kevin is not trying to imitate some of the bass masters. With that said, Kevin is masterfully continuing the tradition of this style of playing which was pioneered by such bass players as Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller. This is the absolute best Smooth Jazz which is well suited for American Jazz radio, but unfortunately played very rarely here in Germany."
-Derick Winterberg, Smooth Jazz music critic said:
"Appearing on the horizon of the Smooth/Contemporary Jazz bass players' field is newcomer Kevin Parlor. His freshman offering, an album titled 'Bassically Speaking', is an admirable calling card to the listeners of the genre. Kevin obviously knows his way around the strings of his instrument"
...But Kevin doesn't stop at Jazz, he's also comfortable with R&B, Funk, Pop, Rock and other styles!
A native of Englewood, New Jersey USA (now living near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Kevin Parlor began playing bass in high school and quickly made a name for himself in bands performing around New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. During his junior year in high school, Kevin joined a group that went on to open for recording artists including musical greats Ashford & Simpson. In his senior year, Kevin moved to Atlanta, GA where he toured with platinum-selling R&B artist William Bell.
Before graduating high school, Kevin joined a group which later opened shows for Patrice Rushen, S.O.S. Band, Michael Henderson, Hamilton Bohannon and many others.
Several years later, Kevin returned to the New York area and helped form an R&B group named Miraj, which released a 12-inch single entitled "In The Pocket". Not long thereafter, Kevin found himself working alongside such recording artists as Mtume, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, jazz great Spyro Gyra, and with artists Invisible Man's Band and Mass Production.
As time went on, Kevin co-founded the dance music group House Rock, which released a 12-inch club single entitled "Our Love Is Thru" which 'Right On' magazine called a "scorcher".
Kevin enjoys performing various styles of music and has recorded everything from Funk, R&B, and Pop to Jazz (Contemporary, Traditional and Fusion), Gospel, Reggae, Rock and Latin. He has also traveled to Europe several times to perform Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Pop and has backed up Contemporary Christian-rooted OFMB Records' artists "Plant The Seed", "Speak Peace" and "Soul Infusion" in Asia on their 2004 & 2005 tours to China. While there, they performed at one of the "7 Wonders of the World", The Great Wall. Other countries Kevin has visited as a musician include: Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Great Britain, Liechtenstein, Argentina and Poland.
Kevin has played on numerous tracks for various up-and-coming artists with major projects. In addition to the artists mentioned above, Kevin has recorded for and/or shared the stage with other artists like Gloria Gaynor, The Stylistics, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, The Family Stone, Ben Vereen, Ali Woodson (former lead singer of the Temptations (R.I.P), and has backed-up and recently produced music for saxophonist Benny Barksdale Jr.__formerly with Alicia Keys, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Gloria Gaynor, Nite Liters/New Birth), Mark Adams (keyboardist for Jazz Great Roy Ayers), Sister Souljah, Aaron McLain (lead guitarist for Marc Anthony).
Kevin has also performed for former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in New York City. He's also currently the bassist for CHOPS The Band (Chops Horns full band) led by Darryl Dixon and Dave "Doc" Watson ( horn geniuses behind Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Parliament-Funkadelic, The Police, The Stones and many others).
***** "Bassically Speaking" CD Thanks Yous and Shout-Outs*****:
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to ALMIGHTY GOD for HIS Grace, Mercy, Wisdom and the Peace HE gave me when I decided to do this instrumental music project...a project that celebrates the gift of music that HE has allowed me to have, develop and now offer for your listening pleasure.
Special Thanks to:
My parents (for buying me my first instruments and putting up with me and my noise).
Pamela (for all your love, prayers, support, encouragement...you name it...you’re the best wife a man could have!!! Much Love!!!).
Elizabeth McPherson (for your prayers and for giving me one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received...your daughter!).
Michael E. Jackson (keep the beat Son, I’m proud of you!).
All my family members and friends who’ve encouraged me in the past and continue to today.
The Parlor Family. The Ward Family and all my family and friends in California.
John Purcell (you gave me my start in recording, Thanks man!).
Wayne Wilkins & family.
Anthony Benjamin & family (Tony, thanks for all your help).
John Williams (John, you’re the Chairman of the Boards).
Derrick Washington (thanks for all your technical expertise).
Philip & Wendy Johnson (Thanks for the “Hook-up”).
Norman “Skip” Burns & Family (Skip, Thanks for your input).
B.V.G. (Thanks for not letting me give up).
Ralph Paul (Thanks for the song!).
Bishop Isiah McKinnon & family).
Pastors Keith and Kimberly Attles & family and Covenant Life Ministries (Teaneck, NJ).
Pastor Ralph Acerno & family and Community Christian Church (River Edge, NJ).
Pastors Wayne & Rosalyn Davis and Christ Church of Piscataway, NJ.
True Vine Christian Center (Englewood, NJ).
Tennyson & Karlene Walters and the OFMB family.
Glover Records (Alan, Jay and the rest of the crew).
Friends and musicians in Denmark: (Lea Lindhardt, Bent J. (R.I.P.), Frank Robets, Thomas Caudery,)
A big shout-out to the folks in Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Liechtenstein, U.K., China, Argentina, Japan,
Poland and of course my home, the U.S.
To the rest of the world...I hope to meet you all in the days and years to come!
Shout Outs to:
Spryo Gyra, Patrice Rushen, Ashford & Simpson, Ali Woodson, Michael Henderson, Mtume, Jimmy Heath, Ben Vereen, Jason Bryant, S.O.S Band, Reggie Griffin, Aaron McLain, Erben Perez, The Ferguson Family, Brian Page, Sammy Goodson, Ron Rollins and all my friends and family in Atlanta, GA (ATL), Gene Martin, Unified Tribe, Warwick Basses, Kawai Basses, Spector Basses, Derick Winterberg (The Smooth Jazz Site.com), Yovanne Pierre and all the cats from Brooklyn NY, Freddy Dugard and all the cats from Queens NY, George Mourtos (Greece), AsOne, Jim Ducie and Victor’s House of Music (Paramus, NJ), Digidesign/Avid, Glyph, Sam Ash Music (Paramus, NJ), Mike DiBella and O. DiBella Music (Bergenfield, NJ), Tony Ugliarolo at Rutherford Music Exchange (Rutherford, NJ)