One of today's best working bands in jazz, Parker's Quartet with Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes & Hamid Drake in 8 new Parker compositions: melodic, rhythmic and unexpected music.
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Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 050CD
Squidco Product Code: 10549
Packaging: Digipack - 6 panel
Recorded and Mixed by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn, NY in December 2007
William Parker-bass, cedar flute
Hamid Drake-drums, balafon & frame drum
Rob Brown-alto saxophone, B-flat clarinet
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1. Groove Sweet (Groove #7, Hamid's Groove, Daughters Joy) 17:56 2. Talaps Theme 5:29
3. Petit Oiseau 9:33
4. The Golden Bell 6:23
5. Four For Tommy 4:04
6. Malachi's Mode 8:04
7. Dust From A Mountain 5:52
8. Shorter For Alan 12:37
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"Bassist-composer William Parker's quartet may be the best working band in jazz today ... No one in the band ever simply marks time; there's a stream of invention from reed player Rob Brown, trumpeter Lewis Barnes, drummer Hamid Drake, and the leader that never lets up. Their notes seem to have a gravitational attraction to one another; they fairly slam together and fuse into one joyful sound. Every track [here] contains examples of their unexcelled collective and individual brilliance. On songs (Parker's term) such as the "Groove Sweet" medley and "Four for Tommy," the music undergoes continuous, beautifully synchronized transformation, the foursome's elaborations on the melodic and rhythm elements of the tunes growing ever more urgent and celebratory ... There's something singing at the center of Parker's deep woody sound, something that animates his bass lines with an intense warmth and humanity, and it radiates outward through the group. The quartet embraces every possibility in the music with equal enthusiasm-pure sound, melody, groove, pulse, are all treated as viable modes of expression. Their liberated and disciplined use of the music's possibilities makes this a deeply hopeful and uplifting album."-Ed Hazell, Point of Departure
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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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"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)
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