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Multiple Reviews

William Parker: Mayan Space Station & Painters Winter

Read "William Parker: Mayan Space Station & Painters Winter" reviewed by Eric Gudas


"Ungentrified funk": that's how William Parker characterized the music of his Mayan Space Station ensemble after a Zoom-transmitted performance— plus Q&A session— in the summer of 2020. Like Duke Ellington and Cecil Taylor—the latter whose group he played with in the 1980s—the protean Parker has become a genre unto himself. Parker's brand of funk has deep musical and cultural roots in the 1970s loft jazz scene, which thrived in the (then) as-yet-ungentrified neighborhoods of Soho and the Lower East Side. ...

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Multiple Reviews

Two William Parker Trios

Read "Two William Parker Trios" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The prolific bassist and composer William Parker has been making music with groups of all sizes and configurations for decades, Here are two new releases featuring him in wildly divergent trios. William Parker Painters Winter AUM Fidelity 2021 On this CD Parker teams up with two long-time associates, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and drummer Hamid Drake. Parker has been working with Carter since the '80s in the group Other Dimensions in Music ...

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Album Review

William Parker: Mayan Space Station

Read "Mayan Space Station" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The immediate impact of the recording Mayan Space Station is that of a sheer out-and-out physicality presented by this music. While it is obvious the musicians—guitarist Ava Mendoza, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver—are engaged in the nonautomatic operation of their respective musical instruments, their Herculean efforts are conspicuous. While rarely recognized, credit must be given to engineer Jim Clouse who recorded, mixed and mastered this session to center the listening experience on the band's energy. ...

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Book Review

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Read "Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Universal Tonality: The Life And Music Of William Parker Cisco Bradley 384 Pages ISBN: # 978147801014 Duke University Press 2021 Who is William Parker? He is a jazz bassist, yes. But he is also a band leader, composer, writer & poet, community organizer, peace activist, and cultural anthropologist. Cisco Bradley endeavors to pull the diverse parts of the artist's life together in this first ever biography of Parker. It is a monumental task, ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More

Read "Jim Black, Mario Santos, William Parker, Dave Sewelson and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Is it too early to choose a “best-of" for 2020. I know it's only January, but drummer Jim Black has released an absolute killer of an album with pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan that is an outstanding piece of work. Reckon came out on the Intakt label from Switzerland in January, so be on the lookout for it. Black is as unpredictable and unique as ever, Stemeseder shows why he's one of the most interesting younger pianists, and ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Works For Me, Tower Jazz Composers Orchestra, Eunhye Jeong and William Parker

Read "Works For Me, Tower Jazz Composers Orchestra, Eunhye Jeong and William Parker" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Their are four featured albums on this show Works for Me --a new group of musicians put together by Marc Free at Posi-tone records kicks off that labels output for the new year/decade in fine form. The Tower Jazz Composers Orchestra, The TJCO has been the natural evolution of two previous didactic music projects: “The Unreal Book" and “The Tower Jazz Workshop." Throughout the years, these experiments have reached a more synthetized dimension and contributed to ...

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Radio & Podcasts

New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey

Read "New Music from William Parker and Whit Dickey" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Great music from the Aum Fidelity label with new albums from William Parker and Whit Dickey together with a selection of other recent releases and some classic “Bird." Playlist William Parker in Order to Survive “Eternal Is the Voice of Love II" from Live/Shapeshifter (Aum Fidelity) 00:00 Whit Dickey Tao Quartets “Peace Planet" from Peace Planet & Box of Light (Aum Fidelity) 08:56 Warren Galea “Chrysanthemums" from The Odyssey (Vento Azul) 19:30 Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Cory Smythe ...


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