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The music on these six discs comes from roughly the first decade of William Parker's career, one of the most intensely creative periods enjoyed by any musician of any era.

Parker, William
Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 [6 CD BOX + BOOK]

Parker, William: Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 [6 CD BOX + BOOK] (NoBusiness)
Label: NoBusiness    
Released in: Lithuania    

The music on these six discs comes from roughly the first decade of William Parker's career, one of the most intensely creative periods enjoyed by any musician of any era. It's safe to say that much of the music will come as a revelation to even his most devoted listeners.

"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 (

"Roy Sinclair Campbell Jr. (September 29, 1952 - January 9, 2014) was an American trumpeter frequently linked to free jazz, although he also performed rhythm and blues and funk during his career.

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1952, Campbell was raised in New York City. At the age of fifteen he began learning to play trumpet and soon studied at the Jazz Mobile program along with Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan and Joe Newman. Throughout the 1960s, still unacquainted with the avant-garde movement, Campbell performed in the big bands of the Manhattan Community College. From the 1970s onwards he performed primarily within the context of free jazz, spending some of this period studying with Yusef Lateef.

In the early 1990s Campbell moved to the Netherlands and performed regularly with Klaas Hekman and Don Cherry. In addition to leading his own groups, he performed with Yo La Tengo, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Matthew Shipp, and other improvisors. Upon returning to the United States he began leading his group Other Dimensions In Music and also formed the Pyramid Trio, a pianoless trio formed with William Parker. He performed regularly as part of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

He died in January 2014 of hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at the age of 61."

-Wikipedia (

"Charles Lacy Tyler (July 20, 1941 - June 27, 1992) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist. He also played alto saxophone and clarinet.

Tyler was born in Cadiz, Kentucky, and spent his childhood years in Indianapolis. He played piano as a child and clarinet at 7, before switching to alto in his early teens, and finally baritone saxophone. During the summers, he visited Chicago, New York City and Cleveland, Ohio, where he met the young tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler at age 14. After sering in the army from 1957-1959, Tyler relocated to Cleveland in 1960 and began playing with Ayler, conmuting between New York and Cleveland. During that period played with Ornette Coleman and Sunny Murray.

In 1965 Tyler recorded Bells and Spirits Rejoice with Alyer's group. He recorded his first album as leader the following year for ESP-Disk. He returned to Indianapolis to study with David Baker at Indiana University between 1967 and 1968, recording a second album for ESP, Eastern Man Alone. In 1968, he transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to study and teach. In Los Angeles, he worked with Arthur Blythe, Bobby Bradford, and David Murray.

He moved back to New York in 1974, leading his own groups with Blythe, trumpeter Earl Cross, drummer Steve Reid and others, recording the album Voyage from Jericho on Tyler's own Akba label. In 1975, Tyler enrolled at Columbia University and made an extensive tour of Scandinavia, releasing his second Akba album Live in Europe. In 1976, he performed the piece "Saga of the Outlaws" at Sam Rivers's Studio Rivbea, released two years later on Nessa Records. During that period he played as a sideman or co-leader with Steve Reid, Cecil Taylor and Billy Bang.

In 1982, during a European tour with Sun Ra's Orchestra, he relocated to Denmark, and in 1985 he moved to France, recording with other expatriates like Khan Jamal in Copenhagen and Steve Lacy in Paris.

Tyler died in Toulon, France of heart failure in June 1992."

-Wikipedia (

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UPC: 4771906003810

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBCD 42-47
Squidco Product Code: 16403

Format: 6 CDs + Book
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: 6 CD Box Set w/ Book
Mastered by Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios.


William Parker-bass

Daniel Carter-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, cornet, trumpet

John Hagen-tenor saxophone

Arthur Williams-trumpet

David S. Ware-tenor saxophone

Denis Charles-drums

Charles Gayle-tenor saxophone

Centering Dance Music Ensemble-voices

Brenda Bakr-voice

Ellen Christi-voice

Ellen Christi-voice

Lisa Sokolov-voice

Rashid Bakr-drums

Jemeel Moondoc-alto saxophone

Roy Campbell, Jr.-trumpet

Jay Oliver-bass

Jemeel Moondoc-alto saxophone

Ricardo Strobert-alto saxophone, flute

Charles Tyler-baritone saxophone

Raphe Malik-trumpet

Alex Lodico-trombone

Masahiko Kono-trombone

Zen Matsuura-drums

Lisa Sokolov-voice

Ellen Christi-voice

Rozanne Levine-clarinet

Malik Baraka-trumpet

John Mingione-trumpet

Billy Bang-violin

Ramsey Ameen-violin

Ellen Christi-voice

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Track Listing:

William Parker-Daniel Carter Duo

1. Thulin (28:33)
2. Time and Period (25:51)
Daniel Carter (alto sax, trumpet); William Parker (bass)
William Parker Ensemble

3. Commitment (21:38)
William Parker (bass); John Hagen (tenor sax); Arthur Williams (trumpet)

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980

1. Facing the Sun, One is Never the Same (24:18)
2. One Day Understanding (Variation on a Theme by Albert Ayler) (22:28)
3. Bass Interlude (1:55)
4. Tapestry (16:28)
David S. Ware (tenor sax); William Parker (bass); Denis Charles (drums); with Patricia Nicholson (dance)

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980 (continued)
1. Rainbow Light (26:56)
William Parker-Charles Gayle Duo
2. Crosses (Long Scarf Over Canal Street) (18:39)
3. Entrusted Spirit (Dedicated to Bilal Abdur Rahman) (19:08)
Charles Gayle (tenor sax); William Parker (bass)
Centering Dance Music Ensemble: Voices

4. Angel Dance (5:50)
5. Sincerity (6:39)
6. In the Thicket (1:22)
Brenda Bakr (voice on 4); Ellen Christi (voice on 5); Brenda Bakr, Ellen Christi, and Lisa Sokolov (voices on 6); William Parker (bass); Rashid Bakr (drums)

Big Moon Ensemble

1. Dedication to Kenneth Patchen (24:59)
2. Hiroshima, Part One (16:30)
3. Hiroshima, Part Two (28:44)
Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Daniel Carter (alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, cornet); Arthur Williams, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); William Parker (bass, recitation); Jay Oliver (bass); Denis Charles, Rashid Bakr (drums)

Centering Big Band (Extending the Clues)

1. Ankti (Extending the Clues) (12:59)
2. Munyaovi (Cliff of the Porcupine) (14:46)
3. Palatala (Red Light of Sunrise) (4:35)
4. Lomahongva (Beautiful Clouds Arising) (29:10)
5. Tototo (Warrior Spirit Who Sings) (10:58)
Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Ricardo Strobert (alto sax, flute); David S. Ware (tenor sax); Charles Tyler (baritone sax); Raphe Malik, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); Alex Lodico, Masahiko Kono (trombone); William Parker (bass); Zen Matsuura (drums); Lisa Sokolov, Ellen Christi (voice)

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1976 (Dawn Voice)
1. Illuminese/Voice (34:07)
2. Falling Shadows (13:06)
3. Dawn/Face Still, Hands Folded (30:52)
Rozanne Levine (clarinet); Malik Baraka, John Mingione (trumpet); Billy Bang, Ramsey Ameen (violin); William Parker (bass, recitation); Ellen Christi (voice); with Patricia Nicholson

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