William Parker: Song Cycle (2001)
With works such as “Baldwin’s Interlude,” Ms. Sokolov and Ms. Fujiyama instill a sense of tempered urgency atop melodramatic overtones via whispery lyricism as the duo explores the unbounded possibilities and similar tonalities of the human voice and acoustic piano. Meanwhile, Parker’s nimble plucking of his bass strings and deft arco-bass work often provides a tender rhythmic forum for Ms. Christi’s probing yet altogether gleaming sensuality of expression. Essentially, this is a starkly beautiful recording, brimming with the artists’ counterbalancing motifs, circuitous paths, and unabated conveyance of good will; however, the objective is clear: Peace and love transcends all.
One of the many highlights to be found on this production is the final opus, “Band In The Sky.” Here, Ms. Sokolov intermingles glimmering scat style vocalise with verse framed upon many of our late jazz greats who have since left this earth to perhaps perform in that “band in the sky.” Hence, the vocalist and Ms. Fujiyama take the listener through a time capsule amid celebratory and at times, sublime passages in honor of those who have imparted a lasting impression on many of us. Simply stated, Song Cycle is a modern day masterpiece. (Strongly Recommended).
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Track Listing: 1. Footnote to a Dream (for Miguel Pinero) 2. Hunkpapa Song (for Tatanka Iyotanka) 3. Baldwin
Personnel: Ellen Christi: voice
Record Label: Boxholder Records
Style: Modern Jazz