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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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Mayan Space Station

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tabasco; Rocas Rojas; Domingo; Mayan Space Station; Canyons Of Light; The Wall Tumbles Down.

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Jesup Wagon

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2021
Track listing: Jesup Wagon; Lowlands of Sorrow; Arachis; Fallen Flowers; Experiment Station; Seer; Chemurgy.

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Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World

Label: Centering Records / AUM Fidelity
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1: Listen; Cosmic Funk; I’d Rather Be; A Great Day to Be Dead; Jenny’s Interlude; Blue Limelight (dedicated to Cecil Taylor); Bennie’s Tune; Recall; Kachina Song; All I Ever Want; Where the Angels Live; Old Tears.

CD 2: 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.

CD 3: Baldwin; The Majesty of Jah; Freedom; Sun Song; Numbers; Letter to a Resurrected Slave Owner.

CD 4: Entire Universe; Cheops; The Map Is Precise; If We Play Soft Enough; Harriott.

CD 5: Dancing at the Savoy; Don’t Sell My Soul; Harlem Dances; Harlem Speaks; Paintings in the Sky; Shutters as Windows.

CD 6: Tilted Mirror; Mexico; The Bleeding Tree; It Is for You.

CD 7: 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.

CD 8: Visconti; Fellini; Pasolini; Leone; De Sica; Rossellini; Gospel; Milano; Lights in the Rain; Antonioni.

CD 9: 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.

CD 10: Charcoal Paragraphs; Khaen; Lakota Song; Manzanar; On Being Native.

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Article: Radio

Gerald Cleaver Breaking New Ground

Read "Gerald Cleaver Breaking New Ground" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature some new releases including Gerald Cleaver's fascinating marriage of electronica and jazz which celebrates musicians who have influenced him—there is also music from some of those he honours. Plus, the fulsome sound of the The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra and more from the excellent Tony Malaby Turnpike Diaries series. This is accompanied ...

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Article: Album Review

William Parker: Mayan Space Station

Read "Mayan Space Station" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The immediate impact of the recording Mayan Space Station is that of a sheer out-and-out physicality presented by this music. While it is obvious the musicians—guitarist Ava Mendoza, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver—are engaged in the nonautomatic operation of their respective musical instruments, their Herculean efforts are conspicuous. While rarely recognized, credit must be ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Most listeners have long since moved saxophonist James Brandon Lewis from the rising star category to one labeled virtuoso. But then, pianist Matthew Shipp signaled this status when he mentored Lewis early on and certainly bassist William Parker ordained his arrival by recording with the saxophonist on his major label debut, Divine Travels (Okeh, 2014). Parker ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, and of course, that included musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many artists prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck). Most of the music is very personal, as if the artists are asking ...

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Article: Album Review

James Brandon Lewis & Red Lily Quintet: Jesup Wagon

Read "Jesup Wagon" reviewed by Vic Albani


Erano anni che il jazz attendeva un lavoro come questo. Splendido nella totale sua interezza, capace di riportare “il jazz nel jazz" dopo tanti anni e tante nuove incisioni che i critici hanno valutato con attenzione e spesso incensate come lo sforzo creativo del guardare avanti, pur “rimanendo nobilmente avvinghiati alla tradizione" e via di conserva. ...

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Article: Radio

Don Cherry, Big Monitors, John Coltrane, Emanuele Passerini

Read "Don Cherry, Big Monitors, John Coltrane, Emanuele Passerini" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


With today's show we focus directly or indirectly on current and past masters of the creative scene, from Don Cherry to John Coltrane and from William Parker to Tony Allen. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Big Monitors “Hunk Pappa Blues / Junk ...


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