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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


Destiny Calling

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: As the Sun Rises; Titan vs. Sphinx; Juma's Song / Maliki Melasha; We're All Here in Spirit; It's Alright to Run; I Heard in Passing; If You Know Where to Look; Where Do You Find These People?; Sparks.


Music Frees Our Souls Vol. 2

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Musical Literacy; Mental Scenario.


For Jemeel: Fire From The Road

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Improvised Music At The El Dorado Ballroom (Intro ByDave Dove); CD2: Junka Nu; Improvised Music At The Ballroom Marfa; Space Cowboys; CD3: Box Set; Junka New; Swimming In The Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow.


Circular Temple

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2023
Track listing: Circular Temple #1; Circular Temple #2 (Monk's Nightmare); Circular Temple#3; Circular Temple #4.


Article: Album Review

John Blum: Nine Rivers

Read "Nine Rivers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist John Blum's solo Nine Rivers is not so much a hit as it is a HIIT. His music is and has consistently been, to borrow a term from sports, a HIIT workout. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is a series of repeated all-out efforts with a brief recover time in between each effort. This ...


Article: Interview

Bobby Zankel: The Inside Story of 'A Change of Destiny'

Read "Bobby Zankel: The Inside Story of 'A Change of Destiny'" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger Bobby Zankel has been making jazz in many ways with diverse cohorts for over a half-century. He has found his own way to create music that is both advanced and very listenable at the same time. He is loved and revered by the many musicians who have performed with him and ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Shipp Trio: Circular Temple

Read "Circular Temple" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

On a good day it is strenuous to stay current with pianist Matthew Shipp's imposing and voluminous output. On an even better day it is a fool's hardy errand to say the least. Now with the planned re-issuing of some of his great early deconstructions of musical thought and theory, starting here with 1990's daringly incongruous ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch

Read "Fay Victor, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Shipp & Jaimie Branch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Vocalist Fay Victor's new solo album, Blackity Black Black Is Beautiful, is one of the featured new recordings in this episode of One Man's Jazz. She plays everything on the album. The much-respected drummer Tyshawn Sorey continues to explore the traditional piano trio with the release of Continuing, while Matthew Shipp takes the solo route for ...


Article: Album Review

Stephen Gauci / Francisco Mela / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Live at Scholes Street Studio

Read "Live at Scholes Street Studio" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci provokes blistering unfettered performances from the starry cast on another installment of Live At Scholes Street Studio. Gauci embodies a fierce DIY ethos which manifests in producing multiple concert series in NYC as well as releasing consequent material on his own label and posting video documentation on his website. On this occasion, ...


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