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A Musical Portrait Of William Parker

Read "A Musical Portrait Of William Parker" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova


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 ...

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William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau

Read "Petit Oiseau" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Che dire ancora su William Parker che non sia ancora stato detto? Che è uno dei musicisti più prolifici attualmente sulla scena, che ha rivitalizzato la assopita scena free newyorchese, che ha lanciato una serie di musicisti diventati stelle di prima grandezza, che è solista formidabile, che è artista inventivo e aperto, che la sua musica ...

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William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau

Read "Petit Oiseau" reviewed by John Sharpe


Petit Oiseau is the third release by the William Parker Quartet, with an unchanged lineup featuring the empathetic pairing of Rob Brown on alto saxophone (clarinet on one track) and Lewis Barnes on trumpet, alongside the in demand rhythm team of drummer Hamid Drake and the leader’s bass. It follows O’Neals Porch (Aum Fidelity, ...

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William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau

Read "Petit Oiseau" reviewed by Nic Jones


Bassist and composer William Parker has been leading this quartet for eight years now and this is the group's third release overall. That information is more than usually pertinent in this case as it brings home precisely why this music is so cogently executed. Familiarity between these four men has not led to a blase attitude ...

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William Parker Quartet: Petit Oiseau

Read "Petit Oiseau" reviewed by Troy Collins


Last heard on 2005's live recording Sound Unity (AUM Fidelity), Petit Oiseau is the triumphant return of bassist William Parker's longstanding quartet. This superb studio session features the same passionate swing and heartfelt lyricism that made their debut record, O'Neal's Porch (Centering, 2001) an instant classic.Few veteran working groups are able to balance inside/outside ...

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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. 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 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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