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Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 036
Squidco Product Code: 5976
William Parker-solo bass, doson'nogoni
The Olmec Group: Dave Sewelson-saxophone
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"William Parker's new album explores and expands on the ancient DNA/cultural codex that connects Africa to The Americas - reflecting William Parker's long abiding interest in and study of the continental connection between the Manding people of West Africa and the Olmec of ancient Mexico (root culture of the Maya forward). The album opens with an arrestingly spacious solo bass performance of the traditional hymn "There Is A Balm In Gilead", one of William's favorites. It continues episodically with music from three different sessions: The title track is a series of solo pieces on the 8-string doson ngoni (traditional hunter's guitar from West Africa). The two further compositions on solo bass are rendered arco, revealing William's theory of music - sound is light and light is sound. The third session are four pieces by [the jazz/latin styled] Olmec Group. These tracks are at the crux of Long Hidden - mysterious and entrancing sound poetry embracing the Caribbean and Middle America via inspiration drawn from the Great Stone Head of the Olmec."-Aum Fidelity. Liner notes by William Parker
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"William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City, heralded by The Village Voice as, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time."
In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.
Parker's current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others."-William Parker Website (http://www.williamparker.net/)
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