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William Parker

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

More Music for a Free World

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Memories; Dreams; Reflections.

Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More

Read "Lina Allemano, Yaroslav Likhachev, Pauli Lyytinen and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode might be a week early, given that seven days later is International Jazz Day, but OMJ has been pretty international in scope for a long time now. Thirteen different countries are represented among the artists featured this week. E.g., Pauli Lyytinen's Magnetia Orkestri from Finland, saxophonist Yaroslav Likhachev from Siberia via Berlin, Peripheral Vision ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES
ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1

Read "Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp met for an esoteric evening of discussion and music at Tufts University in 2017, the net result was Seraphic Light (AUM Fidelity, 2018). That three-part improvised program was one of the best free improvisation albums of the year. On Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1, the trio ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 2

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Our sequestration continues. But so does this mix-tape series featuring music selected by jazz musicians to whom we have asked to share one song they rely on when they need to be uplifted, or soothed, and to make us fly beyond the walls that keep us protected from the greatest pandemic of our generation.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aruán Ortiz: Inside Rhythmic Falls

Read "Inside Rhythmic Falls" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Affacciata sul mare dei Caraibi, Santiago de Cuba fa sentinella alle province orientali dell'isola, di cui è capoluogo. Quell'area, appunto chiamata Oriente, che serba un profondo aroma di Africa e nel contempo è teatro del sincretismo culturale con gli altri continenti: la formidabile mescolanza di umori e colori, di ritmi e movenze che hanno reso unico ...


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