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Essence of Ellington

Label: Centering Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Introduction by William Parker; Portrait of Louisiana; Essence of Sophisticated Lady/Sophisticated Lady; Take the Coltrane; In a Sentimental Mood; Take the A Train/Ebony Interlude; Caravan; The Essence of Ellington.


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William Parker Orchestra: Essence of Ellington

Read "Essence of Ellington" reviewed by John Sharpe

Talk to any member of the so-called avant-garde, and what is immediately apparent is a deep familiarity and love of the tradition. That's not to say that there is a desire to replicate: almost the opposite. New York City bass icon William Parker first began listening to Duke Ellington when he was seven years old. One ...


O'Neal's Porch

Label: Centering Music
Released: 2001
Track listing: Purple; Sun; O'Neal's Porch; Rise; Song for Jesus; Leaf; Song for Jesus 3/4; Moon.


Article: Album Review

William Parker Quartet: O'Neal's Porch

Read "O'Neal's Porch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

One of William Parker's best talents is bringing otherworldly jazz down to earth. On this recording, aptly titled after his uncle O'Neal from South Carolina, Parker offers a collection of original tunes that stretch from the abstraction of pure energy to the dirtiness of down-home funk. The anchor--or the root, to use a more ...


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