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Parker, William

For Those Who Are, Still [3 CD BOX]

Parker, William: For Those Who Are, Still [3 CD BOX] (Aum Fidelity)

A 3 CD box set of new and previously unissued long-form works from world-renowned composer-bassist William Parker, 10 compositions with musicians including Hamid Drake, Cooper-Moore, Charles Gayle, Rob Brown, Mike Reed, Klaas Hekman, NFM Symphony Orchestra + Choir, &c.
 

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Deluxe box set is published in a limited first edition of 1500 copies. Each of the CD sleeves (and the box cover) feature commissioned paintings by gifted young artist Douglas Arnold. The accompanying 24pg. booklet contains extensive notes by Philip Clark (The Wire, et al.), William Parker's lyrics, and further key visual artwork.

UPC: 642623309223

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 092-94CD
Squidco Product Code: 21028

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: 3 CD Box Set
Track 1-1: Recorded live at The Kitchen, NYC on October 28, 2000.

Tracks 1-2 to 1-10: Recorded at The Gallery Recording Studio, Brooklyn on March 6, 2011.

Tracks 2-1 to 2-6: Recorded January 2012 in Paris, France.

Tracks 3-1 to 3-10: Recorded in premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival, Wroclow, Poland on November 15, 2013.

Track 3-11: This trio improvisation preceded the premiere of Ceremonies..see tracks 3-1 to 3-10.


Personnel:

William Parker-bass, composer, lyrics, strings

Rob Brown-alto saxophone

Nicki Parrot-bass

Klaas Hekman-bass saxophone, flute

Shiau-Shu Yu-cello

Soloists Of NFM Choir-choir

Jan Jakub Bokun-conductor

Hamid Drake-drums

JT Lewis-drums

Mike Reed-mike reed

NFM Symphony Orchestra-orchestra

Jim Pugliese-percussion

Charles Gayle-piano, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Cooper-Moore-piano

Eri Yamamoto-piano

Kathleen Supove-piano

Bill Cole-reeds

JD Parran-reeds

Sam Furnace-reeds

Darryl Foster-sopranio saxophone, tenor saxophone

Masahiko Kono-trombone

Ravi Best-trumpet

Todd Reynolds-violin

Leena Conquest-voice

Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay-voice, electronics

Mola Sylla-voice, strings, Mbira

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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/)
12/4/2019

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"Rob Brown (born February 27, 1962) is an American free jazz saxophonist and composer.

Rob was born in Hampton, VA. He started playing saxophone at the age of 12 or 13. His first gigs were with a local Virginia and swing band. He eventually studied at Berklee College for two years and worked privately with both Joe Viola and John LaPorta. After a year on the west coast, Brown bounced back to Boston, where he met pianist Matthew Shipp. He moved to NY in 1984 where he enrolled at New York University, earned a music degree, and studied with saxophone masters such as Lee Konitz, but the teacher who had more influence on Rob conceptually was Philadelphian Dennis Sandole. Rob took the train to Philly once a week to study with him for a year and a half.

His first issued recording was the duet with Shipp Sonic Explorations and since then has been actively leading groups or working as a sideman with Shipp, William Parker, Whit Dickey, Joe Morris and Steve Swell.

He is a 2001 CalArts/Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize winner and has received many Meet The Composer Fund grants. In 2006 Rob was awarded a Chamber Music America New Works grant."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Brown_(saxophonist))
12/4/2019

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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)
12/4/2019

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"Jim Pugliese is a drummer, percussionist and composer His performing experience is diverse. As a freelance percussionist he is in much demand and has performed with The New York Philharmonic Horizon Series (guest artist), New York City Ballet and soloist or performer on numerous new music and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan and the USA Jim grew up listening to and playing soul music and rhythm and blues. He went on to study percussion with Raymond Des Roches and by the age of eighteen he had recorded the music of Edgar Varese and Charles Wuorinen for Nonsuch Records. He continued performing and or recording new music with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Kent Nagano, Philip Glass and many more. He spent twelve years as a member of Dean Drummond's Newband and The Harry Partch Ensemble, studying and performing microtonal music. During this same period he developed an interest in Afro-Cuban music and studied drumming and rhythm with Master Drummer Pablo Landrum.

For the last twenty years, while living in the East Village of New York City, Jim has been improvising recording and touring with many of downtowns NY's most prominent composer/improvisers including John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Zeena Parkins, Bobby Previte and Anthony Coleman. He has recorded on over 100 CD's of new music, jazz, rock and movie soundtracks. His latest projects are a continuation of his vision to combine his diverse performing experiences into a single new sound with its base in rhythm. His music skirts and shifts along the edges of free improvisation, deep groove and New Music. The music reflects Jim's ongoing quest to explore the powerful, enlightening and spiritual secrets of rhythm and drumming and is inspired by his association and work with Nii Tettey Tetteh, master musician from Ghana, with Milford Graves, learning drumming and healing through the heartbeat and his continued study of the spiritual songs of the Mbira Dzavadzimu from Zimbabwe.

Jim's CD "Live @ Issue Project Room NYC" won "Best New Release of 2008" in "All About Jazz NY". His other current projects include a collaborative band "IDR" with Marco Cappelli, exploring the relationship between Southern Italian Folk Music and Italian/American roots; the percussion trio Eastside Percussion,Ensemble 50 with Eleonor Sandresky, Mary Rowell and Kevin Norton and Mbira NYC."

-Jim Pugliese Website (http://www.jimpugliese.org/about-2/)
12/4/2019

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"Charles Gayle (born February 28, 1939) is an American free jazz musician. Initially known as a saxophonist who came to prominence in the 1990s after decades of obscurity, Gayle also performs as pianist, bass clarinetist, bassist, and percussionist.

Charles Gayle was born in Buffalo, New York. Some of his history has been unclear due to his reluctance to talk about his life in interviews. He briefly taught music at the University at Buffalo before relocating to New York City during the early 1970s.

Gayle was homeless for approximately twenty years, playing saxophone on street corners and subway platforms around New York City. He has described making a conscious decision to become homeless: "I had to shed my history, my life, everything had to stop right there, and if you live through this, good, and if you don't, you don't. I can't do the rent, the odd jobs, the little rooms, scratchin', and all that, no!" At the same time, this allowed Gayle to devote most of his time to playing music, although he often earned less than US$3 a day from busking:

First of all, I played to play because I need to play. Second of all, the money, a dollar meant a lot to me at that time. Playing out there is obviously different than playing on a stage but that is so rich out there. It's such a whole 'nother world of playin'. I mean I used to walk from Times Square, for instance, all the way to Wall Street playin'. I could walk back and never stop playing. I didn't think about it as anything other than what it was. These were people and I wasn't overly concerned with what they thought. I was playing, I had to play. Also I had to eat some way and I'm not the type to put my hand out. I'd stand there playing with a coffee cup sometime and people would put money in my coffee [Laughs] and you don't get that on the stage. That's beautiful.

When Gayle first set out on the streets, he did not imagine he would remain homeless as long as he did, although he estimates that this period lasted closer to fifteen years than twenty.

In 1988, he gained fame through a trio of albums recorded in one week and released by Swedish label, Silkheart Records. Since then he has become a major figure in free jazz, recording for labels including Black Saint, Knitting Factory Records, FMP, and Clean Feed. He has also taught music at Bennington College.

Gayle's music is spiritual, and heavily inspired by the Old and New Testaments. Gayle explains, "I want the people to enjoy the music and if it, in anyway can suggest something about the Lord, for their benefit, that would be first in my mind." He has explicitly dedicated several albums to God. His childhood was influenced by religion, and his musical roots trace to black gospel music. He has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, William Parker, and Rashied Ali. Gayle's most celebrated work to date is the album Touchin' on Trane (FMP) with Parker and Ali, which received the "Crown" accolade from the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

Though he established his reputation primarily as a tenor saxophonist, he has increasingly turned to other instruments, notably the piano (which was, in fact, his original instrument) and alto saxophone. More controversially, he has sometimes included lengthy spoken-word addresses to the audience in his concerts touching on his political and religious beliefs: "I understand that when you start speaking about faith or religion, they want you to keep it in a box, but I'm not going to do that. Not because I'm taking advantage of being a musician, I'm the same everywhere, and people have to understand that." Gayle sometimes performs as a mime, "Streets the Clown." "Streets means to me, first, a freedom from Charles. I'm not good at being the center of attentionÉ. It's a liberation from Charles, even though it's me on the stage, it's a different person."

In 2001, Gayle recorded an album entitled Jazz Solo Piano. It consisted mostly of straightforward jazz standards, and is a response to critics who charge that free jazz musicians cannot play bebop. In 2006, Gayle followed up with a second album of solo piano, this time featuring original material, entitled Time Zones."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gayle)
12/4/2019

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"As a composer, performer, instrument builder/designer, storyteller, teacher, mentor, and organizer, Cooper-Moore [b. August 31, 1946] has been a major, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, catalyst in the world of creative music for over 40 years. As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant jazz music date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early/mid-70s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 - the collective trio Apogee with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. A studio recording of this group was made in 1977, and issued as Birth of a Being on hatHut under Ware's name in 1979 (re-mixed and re-issued in expanded form on AUM Fidelity in 2015!). Following an evidently rather trying European tour with Ware, Beaver Harris, and Brian Smith in 1981, Cooper-Moore returned home and completely destroyed his piano, with sledgehammer and fire, in his backyard. He didn't play piano again until some years after, instead focusing his energies from 1981-1985 on developing and implementing curriculum to teach children through music via the Head Start program. Returning to New York in 1985, he spent a great part of his creative time working and performing with theatre and dance productions, largely utilizing his hand-crafted instruments. It was not until the early 90s, when William Parker asked him to join his group In Order To Survive, that Cooper-Moore's pianistic gifts were again regularly featured in the jazz context. In the early 'aughts the group Triptych Myth was his own first regular working jazz group in decades and together they blazed some trails and released two albums: one rich formative, and one exquisite. A destined creative re-union with David S. Ware in the Planetary Unknown quartet, the Digital Primitives trio with Assif Tsahar & Chad Taylor, and continued work with William Parker followed. Cooper-Moore's creative life continues well-strong and unabated into the present day. He will be/was the Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 22nd iteration of Vision Festval, NYC on May 29, 2017."

-Aum Fidelity (http://www.aumfidelity.com/cooper-moore.html)
12/4/2019

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Eri Yamamoto Pianist/ Composer

Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, "My hat's off to her... already she's found her own voice."

The Eri Yamamoto Trio has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. They have recently toured the U. S., Canada, Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Jazz en Raffale, Canada; Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan. Eri has also been collaborating with such creative and celebrated musicians as William Parker, Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake, Federico Ughi, and Yves Léveillé.

In 2009, Eri composed trio music to accompany the 1932 silent film by the master director, Yasujiro Ozu, I Was Born But... This music was premiered in a festival in Munich, Germany, and five of the songs appear on her CD, In Each Day, Something Good.

In 2012 release, her latest trio CD, The Next Page on AUM Fidelity Label is her eighth CD as a leader. Her ten new compositions evoke a wide range of images and moods, inspired by moments of grace in her daily life, and her encounters of natural beauty at home and throughout her travels.

Eri has also developed a personal voice as a solo pianist, and has moved audiences with her renditions of her own compositions and her spontaneous improvisations. In 2008, she gave a nine-concert solo tour of Italy to popular and critical acclaim. She has also given solo concerts in Japan and the United States.

Since 2009, Eri has had a special collaboration with French-Canadian pianist

Yves Léveillé, performing at several concerts and clubs throughout Canada.

In 2010, they released a CD, Pianos, that features 10 of their original compositions in duo and solo settings. They added multi-reed virtuoso Paul McCandless to their ensemble, and recently toured Canada, where they deeply moved audiences with their lyrical and compelling music.

Eri was born in Osaka, Japan, and began playing classical piano at age three. She started composing when only eight years old, and studied voice, viola, and composition through her high school and college years. In 1995, she visited New York for the first time, and by chance heard Tommy Flanagan performing. She was so inspired by her first experience of a jazz piano trio that she decided on the spot to move to New York and dedicate herself to learning jazz.

Later that year, Eri entered the New School University's prestigious jazz program, where she studied with Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, and LeeAnn Ledgerwood. In 1999, while still in school, she started playing regularly at the Avenue B Social Club, a popular spot among jazz musicians in the East Village. There she developed a musical friendship with fellow pianist Matthew Shipp.

Since 2000, Eri's trio has been appearing regularly at Arthur's Tavern, a historic jazz club in New York's Greenwich Village. In addition to her European performances, she has performed at the Hartford International Jazz Festival, An Die Musik in Baltimore, and Lincoln Center Summer Festival in New York City.

Eri has appeared on two William Parker recordings, Luc' s Lantern and Corn Meal Dance, and has performed in Italy, Holland, Norway, Tunisia and Portugal with his trio and sextet. She has also worked with such musical luminaries as Ron McClure, Andy McKee, Lewis Barns, Rob Brown, Leena Conquest, Butch Morris, Arthur Kell, Kevin Tkacs, and Whit Dickey.

Finally, Eri is a gifted educator. She received her master of music in education and composition from Shiga University, Japan. She has taught private lessons and workshops to jazz musicians of all instruments from the U. S., Japan, Europe, and North Africa.

www.eriyamamoto.com eri@eriyamamoto.com

Eri Yamamoto bio, p. 2

-Eri Yamamoto Website (http://www.eriyamamoto.com/epk/bio.pdf)
12/4/2019

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"Masahiko Kono was born December 7, 1951, in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. He started playing flute in 1966, when he was in high school. In 1971, as a student at Wako University in Tokyo, his friend the late pianist Yoshito Osawa introduced Kono to trumpeter Toshinori Kondo. Soon thereafter Kono gave up the flute for the trumpet in order to study trumpet with Kondo. Preferring the sound of the trombone to that of the trumpet, however, Kono took up trombone in 1976. Among the trombonists he listened to a great deal at that time were Paul Rutherford, George Lewis and Roswell Rudd. Kono formed a free jazz/free improvisation group called Tree which, besides himself, consisted of two sax players and a guitarist. The group toured around Japan for about a year and then disbanded. Subsequently, Kono sometimes participated in the group EEU (Evolution Ensemble Unit), which was formed by Kondo, drummer Toshiyuki Tsuchitori, sax player Mototeru Takagi and bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa, and played with numerous other musicians, including violinist Takehisa Kosugi.

Kono made his first trip to New York City in the fall of 1980 and stayed there for three months. During this time he met and played at jazz clubs with American musicians such as percussionist Milford Graves, guitarist Elliot Sharp and bassist William Parker. After returning to Japan, he played/toured with Japanese musicians like Kondo, drummer Shoji Hano and pianist Katsuo Itabashi (with whom he made a duo album in 1983), and non-Japanese musicians like violinist Billy Bang, drummer Paul Lovens and guitarist Derek Bailey.

In the summer of '83, Kono returned to New York City, planning to go on to Mexico. At the time he had no intention of living in New York. While there, however, he frequented a club called Saint, where alto sax player John Zorn had a weekly gig. When Zorn and guitarist Fred Frith invited Kono to join them in a concert, he postponed his visit to Mexico, and eventually decided to settle in New York with his family. In 1984 he played at the Kool Jazz Festival as a member of bassist William Parker's big band. From 1985 to the early '90s, he often played with alto sax player Jemeel Moondoc's Jus Grew Orchestra. He appeared on FM station WKCR in 1987, performing with alto sax player Ken McIntyre and percussionist Warren Smith. In the fall of that year he gave a duo performance with George Lewis at the club The Kitchen, in a festival showcasing Japanese musicians that was produced by Zorn and guitarist Arto Lindsay. In 1989 Kono participated in a studio recording by drummer William Hooker, which was later released with the title The Firmament Fury. In the same year, Kono received his U.S. residency. He spent a month in Japan in December '91-January '92, during which he played with such musicians as Kosugi, Yoshizawa, Hano and guitarist Haruhiko Gotsu.

In fall of 1992, Kono spent two weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico, a place he had long wanted to visit. In addition to joining in various local bands, including a salsa and a folk dance band, he played alone on downtown streets and near the ruins of Monte Alban. Although his visit was brief, he feels he gained a great deal from his experiences in Mexico. (While there he made a solo recording using a portable cassette tape recorder, and this was later released as a tape entitled Mexico.)

In the '90s, Kono has played and recorded as a member of William Hooker's band and of the Ellen Christie and Fiorenzo Sordini Quintet. The former band's live recordings from November '92 and April '94 were later released as a CD called Radiation; and the latter band's 1991 studio recording was released the following year as the CD A Piece of the Rock. In '93 the Christie and Sordini Quintet, with Kono, toured in Italy, Austria and North America. Kono played often over a one-year period with cellist Boris Rayskin, and participated in William Parker and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, whose live recording of 1994 was released as th CD Flowers Grow In My Room. For the past several years he has played with José Halac, and he participated in the 1994 Halac recording which became the CD Illegal Edge. Since 1995, Kono has played many times with pianist Cecil Taylor's big band. Currently, he also plays regularly with Japanese bassist Hideki Kato, another New York resident. Kono led a group consisting of himself, Zusaan Kali Fasteau, Halac and Kato in a performance at the Vision for the 21st Century Arts Festival in New York in June of 1996."

-Improvised Music from Japan (http://www.japanimprov.com/kono/profile.html)
12/4/2019

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"American singer Leena Conquest is a recording artist steeped in the jazz tradition and full of all things soulful. Her ability to bridge that eternal divide, moving from the classic to the modern; fusing music genres along with a captivating presence puts her in a class with the best. This Texas- born chanteuse has been heralded for her work on several recordings including Raining on the Moon (thirstyear.com), Cornmeal Dance and I Plan to Stay a Believer (aumfidelity.com), selected for this year's 2011 DOWNBEAT Critics Poll TOP 10 Albums. She has worked with a host of jazz luminaries including trumpeter Doc Cheatham, pianist Mal Waldron and vibesman Roy Ayers who is featured on her Come Fly Away CD."

-All About Jazz (https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/leenaconquest)
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track listing:


CD 1



1. For Fannie Lou Hamer 28:00

2. Vermeer 7:09

3. Awash In the Midst of an Angel's Tears 4:19

4. Essence 2:47

5. Flower Song (Take 2) 6:48

6. Just Feel 0:57

7. Feet As Roses 3:36

8. Gongs For Deaf Dreams 3:19

9. Sweet Breeze 4:56

10. Flower Song (Take 1) 6:59

CD 2



1. Villages, Greetings And Prayer 15:36

2. Souls Have Fallen Like Rain 14:37

3. The Giraffe Dances 19:46

4. Tour Of The Flying Poem 5:53

5. Children Drawing Water From The Well 6:15

6. Where Do You Send The Poem 12:00

CD 3



1. A Magical FigureDances Barefoot In The Mud 4:51

2. Light Shimmering Across A Field Of Ice 2:28

3. Trees With Wings 5:10

4. Rise Up In Sound 7:57

5. Humble Serious 7:02

6. Tea Leaves Of Triple Sadness 4:48

7. Ritual 3:52

8. Winter 5:49

9. My Cup 3:42

10. Encore 4:16

11. Escapade For Sonny 25:25
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"For Those Who Are, Still is a magnificent 3CD box set of new and previously unissued music from world-renowned composer-bassist William Parker. This set is comprised of four distinctly compelling long-form works - Parker's first composition written for symphony orchestra performance; a commissioned piece for a standing new music ensemble; a "chamber-jazz" song series for voice / soprano sax / piano / bass; a composition created specifically for a particularly diverse Parker assemblage in Universal Tonality mode. The four works are linked by a focus on and greater adherence to William Parker's written compositions; the depth and breadth of the resultant performances is astonishing. As ever in his four+ decades of profound output, improvisation of a very high order is a natural part and parcel of these multifarious expositions.

The elementally unifying thread of this whole set is life and death itself, with the exhortation to take example from those who have lived life with full and un-ending compassion for other human beings; appreciating that we all live and die together and the best path forward is through peace, with kindness and respect mutually allocated from all, to all. Inherent in the title, this is music for living: For Those Who Are, Still.

The set begins on CD1 begins with a work of great synesthetic capacity. "For Fannie Lou Hamer" is a stunning homage to this indefatigable American civil rights leader. This piece was commissioned by The Kitchen, NYC, for performance by their 10-piece house band in the Kitchen House Blend series. William wrote words to accompany his music, and included singer Leena Conquest to the assembly. As is amply demonstrated here, and in her work with Parker's Raining On The Moon & Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield projects, Conquest is a particularly gifted and tuned-in performer of his lyrics. Her enunciation and soulful contralto does justice to his unsparing and luminous poetry. Leena is also featured here on Vermeer, a studio session dedicated to poetic song-form, with Darryl Foster (soprano & tenor sax), Eri Yamamoto (piano) and Parker (bass & hocchiku).

"Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks" is a long-form work written specifically for the particular group of talents who performed it; its staging made possible by the central location of Paris, France. Joining Parker (bass) and his long-time compatriots Cooper-Moore (piano), Hamid Drake (drums), Rob Brown (alto sax) are Senegalese griot Mola Sylla, classically-trained Indian singer Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, Dutch bass saxophonist Klaas Hekman, and double-reed master Bill Cole. "Red Giraffe.." is yet another beautiful manifestation of a concept to which Parker has often returned. Universal tonality, as he wrote in the sleeve notes accompanying the album, Double Sunrise Over Neptune, "is based off of the idea that all sounds like human beings come from the same place. All sound has a heartbeat and breathes the same as each human being. Some sounds are born in Africa; others are born in Asia, Europe, Australia or America. These sounds pass through certain human beings. We don't invent sounds, we are allowed to encounter them; we don't own them, they existed before we were born and will be here after we are gone."

"Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still" marks the momentous occasion of William Parker's first work composed for symphony orchestra. It was commissioned by Poland's National Forum of Music for premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, and is performed by the NFM Symphony Orchestra (conductor, Jan Jakub Bokun) together with the eight principals of NFM Choir. Charles Gayle (tenor & soprano saxophones, piano), William Parker (bass, doson ngoni, bamboo flutes), and Mike Reed (drums) improvise both within the composition itself, and as a trio on Escapade For Sonny, a trio improvisation which preceded the premiere of Ceremonies.."-AUM Fidelity


Deluxe box set is published in a limited first edition of 1500 copies. Each of the CD sleeves (and the box cover) feature commissioned paintings by gifted young artist Douglas Arnold. The accompanying 24pg. booklet contains extensive notes by Philip Clark (The Wire, et al.), William Parker's lyrics, and further key visual artwork.
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(Not Two)
Gjerstad, Frode / Hamid Drake / William Parker
[4-CD BOX SET]
(Not Two)
Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Federico Ughi
The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(577)
Parker, William
Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK]
(RogueArt)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Bobby Kapp
Heptagon
(Leo Records)
Swell, Steve (w/ Brown / Hwang / Ulrich / Boston / Pugliese)
Music for Six Musicians: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen
(Silkheart)
Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey)
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Rhea
(Leo Records)
Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker)
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan
(Leo Records)
Shipp, Matthew
Magnetism(s) [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Parker, William Quartets
Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Ware, David S. Trio
Live in New York, 2010 [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Perelman, Ivo / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 4
(Leo Records)
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Williams, Arthur (w/ Peter Kuhn / Toshinori Kondo / William Parker / Denis Charles)
Forgiveness Suite [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Kuhn, Peter (w/ Toshinori Kondo / Arthur Williams / William Parker / Denis Charles)
No Coming, No Going. The Music of Peter Kuhn, 1978-1979 [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Parker, William / Raining on the Moon
Great Spirit
(Aum Fidelity)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
(RogueArt)
Malaby, Tony Tamarindo
Somos Agua
(Clean Feed)
Jordan, Kidd & Hamid Drake
A Night in November
(Valid Records)
DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo
Schl8hof
(Trost Records)
Yamamoto, Eri Trio
Firefly
(Aum Fidelity)
Melodic Art-Tet (Brackeen, Abdullah, Parker, Blank, Waters)
Melodic Art-Tet
(NoBusiness)
Shipp, Matthew
Greatest Hits
(Thirsty Ear)
Petit, Didier - Alexandre Pierrepont
Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Ughi, Federico
Songs For Four Cities
(Skycap Records)
Morris, Joe / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
Altitude
(Aum Fidelity)
Yamamoto Trio, Eri
The Next Page
(Aum Fidelity)
Gayle, Charles
Streets
(Northern Spy)
Element Choir, The & William Parker
At Christ Church Deer Park
(Barnyard)
Fasteau, Kali. Z.
Prophecy: The Whale And The Elephant Trade Notes On The State Of The World
(Flying Note)
Indigo Trio + Michel Edelin
The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest
(RogueArt)
Brown, Rob
Unknown Skies
(RogueArt)
Fasteau, Kali
Vivid
(Flying Note)
Malaby, Tony
Tamarindo Live
(Clean Feed)
Parker, William - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield
I Plan To Stay A Believer [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)
Deep Tones for Peace
Kadima Triptych Series
(Kadima Triptych)
Gratkowski, Frank / Hamid Drake
Live In New Orleans
(Valid Records)
Parker, William
At Somewhere There
(Barnyard)
Yamamoto, Eri Trio
In Each Day Something Good
(Aum Fidelity)
Ibarra, Susie Trio
Radiance
(Hopscotch Records)
Digital Primitives (Cooper-Moore / Tsahar / Taylor)
Hum Crackle Pop
(Hopscotch Records)
Swell, Steve presents
Planet Dream
(Clean Feed)
Ware, David S.
Shakti
(Aum Fidelity)
Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid
On Reade Street
(FMR)
Pierrepont / Ladd
Maison Hantee (Haunted House)
(RogueArt)
Parker, William Quartet
Petit Oiseau
(Aum Fidelity)
Yamamoto, Eri Trio
Redwoods
(Aum Fidelity)
Shipp, Matthew Trio
The Multiplication Table (re-issue)
(Hatology)
Drake, Hamid / Bindu
Blissful
(RogueArt)
Brown Ensemble, Rob
Crown Trunk Root Funk
(Aum Fidelity)
Malaby, Tony
Tamarindo
(Clean Feed)
Fields Ensemble, Scott
Denouement
(Clean Feed)
Parker, William Double Quartet
Alphaville Suite: Music Inspired by the Jean Luc Godard film
(RogueArt)
Swell's, Steve Fire Into Music
Swimming In A Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow
(RogueArt)
Declared Enemy (Shipp / Mateen / Parker / Cleaver / Lavant)
Salute To 100001 Stars: A Tribute To Jean Genet
(RogueArt)
Brown Trio, Rob
Sounds
(Clean Feed)
Norton's Metaphor Quartet, Kevin
Not Only In That Golden Tree...
(Clean Feed)
Gayle, Charles
SHOUT!
(Clean Feed)
Cooper-Moore / Tsahar, Assif / Taylor, Chad
Digital Primitives
(Hopscotch Records)
Parker, William & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
For Percy Heath
(Les Disques Victo)
Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
(Clean Feed)
Dickey, Whit
Sacred Ground
(Clean Feed)
Gayle Trio, Charles
Live at Glenn Miller Cafe
(Ayler Records)
Taylor, Cecil Unit
The Eighth
(Hatology)
Parker, William
Long Hidden: The Olmec Series
(Aum Fidelity)
Drake, Hamid / Assif Tsahar
Live at Glenn Miller Cafe: Soul Bodies Volume 2
(Ayler)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet
Points
(Silkheart)
Brown, Rob Quartet
Radiant Pools
(RogueArt)
Shipp, Matthew String Trio (w/ Mat Maneri / William Parker)
Expansion, Power, Release
(Hatology)
Shipp, Matthew Trio
The Multiplication Table (1998 edition)
(Hatology)
Parker, William Quartet
Sound Unity
(Aum Fidelity)
Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio
The Bishop's Move
(Les Disques Victo)
Lyons, Jimmy
The Box Set
(Ayler)
Phillips, Barre / Joelle Leandre / William Parker / Tetsu Saitoh
After You Gone
(Les Disques Victo)
Parker, William Quartet
O'Neal's Porch
(Aum Fidelity)
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(Dropa Disc)
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(ESP)
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Two Days In Chicago [2 CDs]
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From Here To Hear
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Carter, Daniel / Watson Jennison / William Parker / Federico Ughi
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Lifting The Sanctions
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Insidious Anthem
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Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
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Fisherman's.com [VINYL]
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Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Feeding Tube Records)
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Celebrating William Parker at 65
(Not Two)
Parker, William
Voices Fall From The Sky [3 CD BOX SET]
(Aum Fidelity)
DKV Trio (Drake / Kessler / Vandermark)
Latitude 41.88
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Gjerstad, Frode / Hamid Drake / William Parker
[4-CD BOX SET]
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Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Federico Ughi
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Heptagon
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Music for Six Musicians: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen
(Silkheart)
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The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Rhea
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The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan
(Leo Records)
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Magnetism(s) [2 CDs]
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Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]
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