Parks will perform in his trio — with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Matt Penman — Thursday at the Triple Door as part of Earshot Jazz Festival 2008. He supported Blanchard at past Earshot Jazz Festivals, but this is Parks' first with his own band.
Q: I'm a huge fan of Sprike Lee, so I have to ask: What's it like working with him?
A: He's very focused in the studio. He's in there when we're recording the themes.
Q: So he's music directing as much as he's visual directing?
A: Absolutely. ... Spike was like, OK, that's good, but let's try and create a pause for the dialogue right here. Try and bring it up to a certain level before you get to here. ... It was really an amazing, worldview-altering thing to work on some of those films.