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

Parker, William / Raining On The Moon
Corn Meal Dance

Parker, William / Raining On The Moon: Corn Meal Dance (Aum Fidelity)
Label: Aum Fidelity    
Released in: Anaphoria Island    

"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.

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Product Information:

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.


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