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Sound Unity

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2005
Track listing: Hawaii; Wood Flute Song; Poem for June Jordan; Sound Unity; Harlem; Groove.

Album

Sound Unity

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2005
Track listing: Hawaii; Wood Flute Song; Poem for June Jordan; Sound Unity; Harlem; Groove. Recorded at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 7/2/2004 (1,2,5,6); and La Sala Rossa, Montreal, 6/27/2004 (3,4). Total time 70:32.

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William Parker: Sound Unity

Read "Sound Unity" reviewed by Michael McCaw


Years of gigs in various formations with the same musicians can create relationships where you learn your partners' tendencies and how to push them in ways that others simply cannot. And when these musicians come together to record, the results can often mark an apex in their respective recording careers. Sound Unity, taped during 2004 live ...

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William Parker Quartet: Sound Unity

Read "Sound Unity" reviewed by Rex  Butters


From the musicians responsible for the classic O'Neal's Porch session (Centering Music, 2001; AUM Fidelity, 2002) comes Sound Unity, the William Parker Quartet recorded live in Canada in 2004. Bassist William Parker, drummer Hamid Drake, alto saxophonist Rob Brown, and trumpeter Lewis Barnes swing hard and bluesy, haunted and lyrical. These four musicians create palpable magic ...

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William Parker Quartet: Sound Unity

Read "Sound Unity" reviewed by John Kelman


One aspect of being a bandleader these days is that you simply have to diversify. With road trips longer than two or three weeks now the exception rather than the rule, you need a variety of delineated projects to remain viable. And with the proliferation of independent record labels that, unlike the majors, don't demand exclusivity, ...

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William Parker Quartet: Sound Unity

Read "Sound Unity" reviewed by AAJ Staff


William Parker wears many hats: bassist, shaman, communicator, composer, poet, activist, bandleader, and more. (He's also been known to sport any number of colors and fabrics on his dome, but that's a story for another day.) But the one thing he does best, and which has affected me most, is teach. In listening to ...


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