A Musical Portrait Of William Parker


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This new installment of our "50/50" series—a collection of mixtapes made in collaboration with the artists hosted at Centro d'Arte—is dedicated to bassist and composer William Parker, a driving force of New York's free jazz scene since the 1970s, and one of the most brilliant musical minds of today's creative music.

The selection features five tracks taken from the composer's vast discography; the other five are picked by William Parker himself from some of his favorite records.


  • John Coltrane "Compassion" from Meditations (Impulse!) 00:00
  • William Parker "Anast in Crisis Mouth Full of Fresh Cut Flowers" from In Order to Survive (Black Saint) 06:42
  • Don Cherry "Complete Communion [Excerpt]" from Complete Communion (Blue Note) 13:28
  • William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra "Second Reading (Cathedral in the Mountain) " from Mass for the Healing of the World (Black Saint) 20:31
  • Bill Dixon "Nightfall Pieces I" from Intents and Purposes (RCA Victor) 27:21
  • William Parker & Hamid Drake "Chatima" from Piercing the Veil (AUM Fidelity) 31:14
  • Cecil Taylor "Conquistador [Excerpt]" from Conquistador (Blue Note) 37:30
  • William Parker "Raining on the Moon" from Raining on the Moon (Thirsty Ear) 44:52
  • Alan Silva "From the Luna Surface part 1" from Luna Surface (BYG Records) 58:52
  • William Parker Quartet "Song for Jesus" from O'Neal's Porch (Centering Records) 1:12:59

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