505

William Parker: At Somewhere There

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
William Parker: At Somewhere There Bassist William Parker's music reveals the ever presence of two things: energy and color. Sure, a band's timekeeper is also its dynamo, but Parker's music has always radiated more than pulse. His playing gives off a spiritual vibration that translates easily into color fields.

He is a human mood ring.

This live recording, from July 2008 in Toronto, comprises one long (48 minute) bass solo and two shortish pieces for dousn'gouni and double flute.

The bassist keeps a busy schedule as part of numerous bands including those of Matthew Shipp, David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann, Eri Yamamoto, and as a member of Other Dimensions In Music. As a leader he organizes his O'Neal's Porch Quartet, Raining On The Moon Sextet, Little Huey Creative Orchestra, and Curtis Mayfield Project.

As a solo performer he has released several recordings, including Testimony (Zero In, 1996) and Lifting The Sanctions (No More, 1997). Here he sticks with all bowed technique for his bass piece, "Cathedral Wisdom Light," casting wave upon wave of energy outward. His constant motion fills the audio spectrum, with the effect of inducing a dreamlike response. As with his previous solo sessions, artist Jeff Schlanger was in attendance painting a portrait which (a portion of) acts as the cover of the CD. His expression of the energy and color of Parker's performance is perhaps the best chronicle of the performance, besides this audio document.

The final short pieces, although brief, further describe this great musician's world. On "For Don Cherry," he plays a resonating African guitar while wordlessly vocalizing in accompaniment and switches to a double flute on "For Ella Parker." Both pieces are touching and beautiful.


Track Listing: Cathedral Wisdom Light; For Don Cherry; For Ella Parker.

Personnel: William Parker: acoustic bass, dousn'gouni, double flute.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Barnyard Records | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Sedimental You" CD/LP/Track Review Sedimental You
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 4, 2016
Read "Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions" CD/LP/Track Review Early Wayne: Explorations of Classic Wayne Shorter Compositions
by Budd Kopman
Published: August 26, 2016
Read "Closer Than Before" CD/LP/Track Review Closer Than Before
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Verde" CD/LP/Track Review Verde
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "The Incomparable Fiddler" CD/LP/Track Review The Incomparable Fiddler
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 12, 2016
Read "Morning Glory" CD/LP/Track Review Morning Glory
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!