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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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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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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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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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Re-Union

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: Re-Union; The New Zo; Further DNA; Song of Two.

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Painters Winter

Label: AUM Fidelity
Released: 2021
Track listing: Groove 77; Painters Winter; Happiness; Painted Scarf; A Curley Russell

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Chico Hamilton: The Dealer

Read "The Dealer" reviewed by Zachary Weg


Although it came out in 1966, Chico Hamilton's The Dealer (Impulse! Records) still sounds as fresh as Long Beach mist. Leading a quartet that introduced the late guitar virtuoso Larry Coryell and which placed saxophone master Archie Shepp on piano, drummer Hamilton made a record that both showcased his fellow jazz princes and radiated his signature ...

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New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis

Read "New releases and a focus on Caroline Davis" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this episode of the show you'll hear new releases from Ben Wilcock, Jake Baxendale and Jasmine Lovell-Smith, William Parker as a leader, and, Francisco Mela featuring Matthew Shipp and William Parker as a sideman. There's also a deep dive into jny: Chicago jazz in 2015 with a focus on alto saxophonist Caroline Davis and various ...

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William Parker - Matthew Shipp: Re-Union

Read "Re-Union" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Matthew Shipp and William Parker are in a space which they arrived at more or less together. The pair first recorded together with the quartet on David S. Ware's Great Bliss, Vol. 1 (Silkheart, 1991). Not long afterwards, in 1994, they released Zo, the first of their duo projects, on the now-defunct Rise label; it was ...

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New Jazz from Argentina and Beyond

Read "New Jazz from Argentina and Beyond" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show Argentinian jazz from Axel Filip, La Disidencia de las Máquinas lead by Federico Isasti, and, El Devinir Del Rio. I also have new albums from Hank Roberts, William Parker, and, Leo Genovese with Mariano Otero and Sergio Verdinelli. There is also a look back to the 1970s for classic live sounds from Chris ...


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