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William Parker

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William Parker is a musician, improviser, composer, educator, and author. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. Born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, he studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, Jimmy Garrison, and Paul West. During Parker’s prolific career, he has recorded over 150 albums, had countless celebrated stage appearances, and helped shaped the jazz scene for both his peers and the youth. In 2013, Parker received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in recognition of his influence and impact on the creative jazz scene over the last 40 years. William entered the music scene in 1971, playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery, and The Baby Grand

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Sparks

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Sparks; In The Garden; Bob's Pink Cadillac; Taiko; Real World.

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The Music of William Parker: Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World, Volumes 1 – 10

Label: Centering Records/AUM
Released: 2022
Track listing: Blue Limelight: Listen; Cosmic Funk; I'd Rather Be; A Great Day to be Dead; Jenny's Interlude; Blue Limelight; Bennie's Tune; Recall; Kachina Song; All I Ever Want; Where the Angels Live; Old Tears. Child of Sound: Malachi's Mode; Malcolm's Smile; This Sweet Land; The Golden Light (Hymn); Mexico; Broken Promises; Child of Sound; Sky Falling; Adobe House; Rez Sunset; Trail of Tears I; Trail of Tears II; Rez Sunrise; Ascending Earth. The Majesty of Jah: Baldwin; The Majesty of Jah; Freedom; Sun Song; Numbers; Letter to a Resurrected Slave Owner. Cheops: Entire Universe; Cheops; The Map Is Precise; If We Play Soft Enough; Harriott. Harlem Speaks: Dancing At The Savoy; Don’t Sell My Soul; Harlem Speaks; Paintings in the Sky; Shutters as Windows. Mexico: Tilted Mirror; Mexico; The Bleeding Tree; It Is for You. Lights In The Rain (The Italian Directors Suite): Visconti: Fellini; Pasolini; Leone; De Sica; Rossellini; Gospel; Milano; Lights in the Rain; Antonioni. Afternoon Poem: Song To Lift Sadness (Morning); The Sky Is Always Beautiful; Morning Bird; Rocket Man; Essence Calling Out; Afternoon Poem; First Vision; Green And Brown; I Believe; I Will Die For You; Song For Patricia; My Cup; Silent Whispers; It Would Never Be Long Enough; Song To Lift Sadness (Evening); Cloud and Sea Fading as Rain Falls. The Fastest Train: The Elders at the Edge of the World Part 1; Cultivation; Deep Spirit; Family Voice; Listen to the Sky; Sacred Prayers; Host for the Anointed; Bamboo Village; Blessed; The Flute Reaches Out; The World's Fastest Train; Joyous and Delightful; The Elders at the Edge of the World Part 2. Manzanar: Charcoal Paragraphs; Khaen; Lakota Song; Manzanar; On Being Native.

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Magic Dust

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Impromptu; The Way Of The Magician; Cardician; Magic Dust.

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2 Blues For Cecil

Label: TUM Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Improvisation No 1; Ballerina; Blues For Cecil No. 1; Improvisation No. 2; Top, Bottom And What's In The Middle; Blues For Cecil No. 2; Enrava Melody; Overboard; Machu Picchu; My Funny Valentine.

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O Life, O Light Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Mother's Hymn; O Life, O Light; Mountains In The Predawn Light; Satya.

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The Deep

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Deep.

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Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Sunverified; Blinking Down; Mask Production; Wordwide; Da Rest Is Story.

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Universal Tonality

Label: Centering Records / AUM Fidelity
Released: 2022
Track listing: Tails Of A Peacock; Cloud Texture (death has died today); Leaves Gathering (headed back to tree); Silver Sunshine; All Entrances (it is for you the sun rises); Open System One.

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Article: Album Review

Christopher Parker: Soul Food

Read "Soul Food" reviewed by John Sharpe


Pianist Christopher Parker convenes the Band Of Guardian Angels for five slices of rootsy free jazz on Soul Food. There is an organic down home feel to the often laid back interplay. But of course the creation of enduring music while being this relaxed occurs not by chance but stems from untold depth of experience. Joining ...


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