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Parker, William / Raining On The Moon: Corn Meal Dance (Aum Fidelity)

Prolific bassist William Parker's incredible lyrical quartet Raining on the Moon with vocalist Leena Conquest on a set of Parker originals.
 

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24-bit digital audio, 20 page full-color art-packed booklet, complete song lyrics, and liner notes by Greg Tate.

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 043CD
Squidco Product Code: 8839

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Anaphoria Island
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Joe Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn on January 3, 2007. Mixed and Mastered by M. Marciano and S. Joerg May 2007.


Personnel:

William Parker-bass

Rob Brown-alto sax

Lewis Barnes-trumpet

Hamid Drake-drums

Eri Yamamoto-piano

Leena Conquest-voice

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track listing:


1. Doctor Yesterday 8:40

2. Tutsi Orphans 7:12

3. Poem For June Jordan 2:58

4. Soledad 9:53

5. Corn Meal Dance 8:56

6. Land Song 11:33

7. Prayer 3:53

8. Old Tears 8:35

9. Gilmore's Hat 7:15



All compositions by William Parker, except 'Old Tears' music by William Parker & words by Leena Conquest
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Jazz
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Parker, William
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Corn Meal Dance again makes abundantly clear William Parker's multi-faceted talents as bassist, composer, poet, bandleader and songwriter. Raining On The Moon is the extraordinary group which seamlessly fuses all of these prodigious gifts: his long-standing Quartet with Hamid Drake, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes is here exquisitely augmented by singer Leena Conquest breathing further passion into William's lyrics once again, and pianist Eri Yamamoto for the first wonderful time. William Parker's soul-nourishing poetry and supremely catchy melodies and grooves are brought to scintillating life by a group featuring some of the finest improvisers in the world. Further to the full-group work here are a pair of supremely tender Leena and Eri duets on 'Prayer' and 'Poem For June Jordan'."-Aum Fidelity

"For those not familiar with Parker's poetry, these pieces pursue an elemental purity through mystical language and metaphor, often verging on the psychedelic. What marks Raining on the Moon as unique in Parker's long list of recordings is its raw accessibility. Listeners from various backgrounds will find this disc inviting and exciting. And if that serves the purpose of introducing Parker's vision to new ears, it's more than done its job. When jazz historians look back on improvised music at the turn of this century, William Parker will stand as a giant among men."-Troy Collins, All About Jazz


24-bit digital audio, 20 page full-color art-packed booklet, complete song lyrics, and liner notes by Greg Tate.

Artist Biographies:

"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/)
6/13/2017

"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
6/13/2017

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