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Parker, William

Flower In a Stained-Glass Window & The Blinking of The Ear [2 CDs]

Parker, William: Flower In a Stained-Glass Window & The Blinking of The Ear [2 CDs] (Centering Records)

Two full-length albums--"Flower In a Stained-Glass Window" and "The Blinking of The Ear"--recorded in the summer of 2018 with two distinct groups, "Flower" dedicated to the inspiration of Martin Luther King features the vocals and narration of Leena Conquest; "Blinking" was recorded during Parker's 2018 residency at the Stone presenting his concept of universal tonality.
 

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Packaged in a limited edition deluxe 8-panel digipak, with liner notes by William Parker.

UPC: 642623101827

Label: Centering Records
Catalog ID: CENT 1018-19CD
Squidco Product Code: 26567

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 4 panel

Personnel:

Leena Conquest-vocals

William Parker-bass, drums

Steve Swell-trombone

Abraham Mennen-tenor saxophone

Isaiah Parker-piano

Kesivan Naidoo-drums

Dave Sewelson-alto saxophone

Nick Lyons-alto saxophone

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

Steve Swell-trombone

Eri Yamamoto-piano

Leonid Galaganov-drums

AnnMarie Sandy-mezzo soprano

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Artist Biographies:

"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)
12/5/2018

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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/)
12/5/2018

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"Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, "Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers" (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010 , 2012 and 2014-2015 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. Steve has also been selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category each year from 2010-2016.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC) for the project: "Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words" which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan."

-Steve Swell Website (http://www.steveswell.com/SteveSwellBio.htm)
12/5/2018

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"Abraham Mennen is a South African multi-award winning saxophonist, improvisor, composer and multi-discipline artist. Abraham has worked with Louis Moholo, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Kidd Jordan, Joe Morris, John Lockwood, Herbie Tsoaeli, Hilton Schilder, Kyle Shepherd, Kesivan Naidoo, Hamid Drake, Cooper-Moore, Shabaka Hutchins, Reza Khota, Mandla Mlangeni and many others. He has recorded with William Parker and is a member of several of his ensembles. He is also a member of the Hilton Schilder Quartet and various of Louis Moholo's ensembles.

Abraham performs regularly in New York and throughout South Africa. He has recorded three albums under his own name with the latest two albums due for release December 2018, namely "The Really Revered Whole Story" and "Three Improvisations".

He has enjoyed a varied musical career thus far. As a soloist, he won gold medal at the ATKV Muziq 2011, Overall Winner at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2012 and performed concertos with the London Contemporary Orchestra, The Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic. Other areas of music include performing with conceptual performance outfit The Brother Moves On, being musical director and bass clarinettist of the Korean music group Hapum Haneun Hama, saxophonist in the psychotropical punk band Escarioka Crew, building and curating his own sound installations, and composing and recording for animations, short films and advertising.

Abraham Mennen is a founding member and musical programme contributor of the intersectional creative and educational space, The Interim, in Cape Town South Africa. He is an alumni of the Royal College of Music, London and the New England Conservatory, Boston."

-Abraham Mennen Website (https://abrahammennen.com/#bio)
12/5/2018

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"Isaiah Parker is a New York pianist known for his work with bassist and composer William Parker."

-Squidco 12/5/2018

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"Kesivan Dev Naidoo (born 25 June 1979) is a South African drummer, who plays predominately jazz, electronica and world music.

1979 - 1995

Born in East London, Kesivan was the first child in a family of 2 children. His parents, Dev and Vinodrie Naidoo, worked as a building constructor and Assistant Accountant/Human Resources Administrator respectively and sent Kesivan to St. Ann's Primary School at the age of 5. He later graduated from Hudson Park High School in 1996. His mum played the piano until her matric year.

Kesivan first got into drumming in 1990, at the age of 11. While waiting to be let into his aunt's house, he heard his aunt's boyfriend (Reese Timothy) playing drums over the music. What he heard excited him, and this convinced him to become a drummer. Three years later, in 1993, Kesivan played his onstage debut at the Hogsback Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape. From age 16 and while still in High School he joined Eldon Swing and Jazz Band in East London, playing mainly Swing.

In 1994 Kesivan was approached by Alan Webster, who invited him to join his Quintet. Shortly after he began to play for Hudson Park Jazz Band, as well as the Hudson Concert Band which later did a tour of Germany, France and England. When he was 15 Kesivan took some lessons with world-class drumming and jazz musician Lulu Gontsana at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. These lessons would continue for two years.

In 1995, 1999 and 2000 Kesivan was chosen for the National Youth Big Band, with whom he later toured New York.1996 - Present

In 1996 Kesivan joined the Hotep Galeta Trio. Galeta, who had a big influence on Kesivan's musical style, convinced him to study at the University of Cape Town in 1997. Four years later he graduated with a Bachelor of Music, and with a First Class Honors in 2002.

At the beginning of the millennium Kesivan became the youngest person to win the Southern African Music Rights Organisation SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition. Given this opportunity to study abroad, he chose to study under Sitar guru, Professor Sanjay Bandophadyah in India. He later completed his master's degree in tabla and percussion.

Since 2006, Kesivan collaborates with Swiss Drummer Lucas Niggli, and is a member of BEAT BAG BOHEMIA, a drum quartet with Rolando Lamussene, Peter Conradin Zumthor and Lucas Niggli. They performed over 30 concerts, in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Mocambique and South Africa, played at Festivals such as Kraków, Cape Town and Zürich. The CD was released on INTAKT records.

Kesivan has played a wide variety of genres over the years, and has played with many greats such as Miriam Makeba, Selelo Selota, Feya Faku, Bheki Mseleku, Jimmi Dlulu and Marcus Wyatt. He is current playing with Tribe, Babu, Restless Natives and Closet Snare, all of whom have been met with acclaim.

Playing with Charles Lazar (bass), Mark Fransman (piano) and Buddy Wells (sax), Kesivan and Tribe have become known for their "instantly South African flavored, hard-edged, straight-ahead jazz sounds."

In July 2002 they were invited to play in the original North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, and where the first unrecorded and unsigned band to play at the festival.

They later recorded one CD - Our Language..

Closet Snare is a 6 piece group with Mark Buchanan (Guitar/Samples), DJ Sibot (Machines/Decks), Lee Thomson (Trumpet), Sean Ou Tim (Bass) and Inka Kendzia - VJ Grrrl (Visuals). They perform what Tim describes as "free and improvised electronica music", which draws a diverse crowd of indie, drum 'n bass, jazz, electronica, classical and punk lovers.

They played at the North Sea Jazz Festival at Cape Town in 2007 and are due to release a CD.

Kesivan has been influenced by a wide variety and musicians and bands. Of the more contemporary artists, he cites Feya Faku, Hotep Galeta, Bheki Mseleku, Charles Lazar, Jojo Mayer, Prince, Rage against the Machine and all the members of Tribe, Closet Snare and Babu.

Other influences included drummers such as Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Tony Williams and the drummers who have played for James Brown.

Other musicians who have influenced his compositions include Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

In 2006 Kesivan started a company with Thomson, and called it "Silent Revolution Productions". They are the new owners of the Armchair Theater in Observatory in Cape town, which has been an established music venue since 1999. Silent Revolution Productions hope to make more people aware of Art Music in South Africa through this venue."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kesivan_Naidoo)
12/5/2018

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"Dave Sewelson was born in Oakland, California, in 1952. There was a half-size violin kept in the closet in case he wanted to be a concert violinist. He played trumpet at the age of nine, moving to baritone horn at the age of eleven, followed by a stint on drums until settling on electric bass at thirteen, adding upright bass to the mix until the switch to saxophone at the age of twenty-one. He has specialized in the baritone saxophone since the early seventies.

Sewelson arrived in New York City in the summer of 1977, settled in the East Village becoming an active member of the Downtown Scene, playing with the 25 O'Clock Band, Jemeel Moondoc's Jus Grew Orchestra, William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and Saheb Sarbib's Multinational Big Band and the Microscopic Septet. He has played with many wonderful musicians, including, Billly Bang, John Zorn, Peter Kuhn, Alex Cline, Roy Campbell, Sonny Murray, Kidd Jordan, Daniel Carter, Will Connell and Stephanie Stone.. Dave's current projects include, Two Sisters Inc. with David Hofstra and Claire Daly, a quartet with Peter Kuhn, Smooth Freejazz, Sewelsonics, and The Daves."

-Dave Sewelson Website (http://sewelsonics.com/?page_id=2)
12/5/2018

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"Alto Saxophonist Nick Lyons has been called "one of the most important and original alto saxophonists on the improvisation scene" (Manhattan Users Guide, 2015) and "a young jazzer to watch" (Time Out-NY). His collaborations, based around spontaneously improvised music, have included performing with guitarist Adam Caine, pianists Connie Crothers and Carol Liebowitz. Lyons leads various trios which have included drummers Roger Mancuso and John Wagner and bassists Adam Lane, Hilliard Greene, and Ratzo Harris. Of his 2009 solo performance at The Stone (a pick in Time Out-NY), Mark Weber commented on "his ability to go inside himself and find meaningful lyric inventions, curling out line upon line," adding that the concert was "magnificent."

In 2015 Nick was a featured guest on WKCR's "Out to Lunch," performed in Berlin at clubs A-Trane and B-Flat and appeared on Cheryl Richards's CD "If Not For You" on New Artists Records.

He has been a regular performer in concert series presented by Arts for Art, the NYC fixture which produces the annual Vision Festival.

He has recently performed in groups led by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Halperin (who cited Lyons as one of his favorite young musicians in New York City, JazzTokyo.org), Connie Crothers (The Stone), pianist Harvey Diamond (Boston area), and Aaron Johnson (Dizzy's Club); and he has led groups with pianist Kazzrie Jaxen and bassist Ken Filiano, and pianist Virg Dzurinko, trumpeter Ryan Messina, and drummer Federico Ughi.

Originally from New York City and raised in Northern New Jersey, he has now lived in Brooklyn since 2005.

He was associated with Connie Crothers from 2005-2016 as a student and musical collaborator. They performed

He received a Bachelor's of Music from Oberlin Conservatory where he performed under the direction of Donald Byrd, Marcus Belgrave, Frank Foster, George Lewis, Wendell Logan, and where his teachers included Donald Walden, Gary Bartz, Paul Cohen (saxophone) and Peter Dominguez (double bass)."

-Nick Lyons Website (https://www.nicklyons.net/about)
12/5/2018

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"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (http://www.577records.com/danielcarter/)
12/5/2018

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"Born in Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker. He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artists on more than 100 other releases. He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children.

Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, "Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers" (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012.

Steve was nominated for Trombonist of the Year 2008 & 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, was selected Trombonist of the Year 2008-2010 , 2012 and 2014-2015 by the magazine El Intruso of Argentina and received the 2008 Jubilation Foundation Fellowship Award of the Tides Foundation. Steve has also been selected by the Downbeat Critics Poll in the Trombone category each year from 2010-2016.

Steve is presently a teaching artist through the American Composers Orchestra, Healing Arts Initiative , Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center (Bronx), the Jazz Foundation of America and Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.

Steve was also awarded the 2014 Creative Curricula grant (LMCC) for the project: "Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words" which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan."

-Steve Swell Website (http://www.steveswell.com/SteveSwellBio.htm)
12/5/2018

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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)
12/5/2018

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"Leonid Galaganov is a New York City based multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer from a remote Russian Old Believer settlement in Estonia. Embracing a wide spectrum of music practice traditions and perspectives on sound and its meanings, Leonid has been performing and recording on various instruments since 2003 in bands and orchestras, jazz, gamelan and chamber ensembles in Europe, the US and South America.

His current projects gather unique musicians together to realize the poetry of sound through diverse languages of improvisation and structure; engaging in rituals to manifest the invisible mystery with sound and to vitalize the interaction between conscious and unconscious. In the past year, Leonid recorded his trio with William Parker and Anais Maviel, and his quartet with Billy Drewes, Drew Gress and Zack Clarke in addition to fruitful collaborations and projects with many others.

As part of his formal education, Leonid studied orchestral conducting at Tallinn University as well as music performance and composition at NYU, from where he graduated with a BM in jazz studies; currently he's going to SUNY Purchase for a Master's degree in classical composition. In his present performance practice Leonid uses the drum kit, shakuhachi, waterphone, hand drums and other percussion instruments."

-Leonid Galaganov Website (https://www.leonidgalaganov.com/bio/)
12/5/2018

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"Described as "excellent, musical" by Classical 91.7 Music Library Reviews, mezzo-soprano AnnMarie Sandy is garnering praise for her operatic, concert, and recorded work. She is featured on the New World Records 2011 recording of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha, which BBC Magazine called "a work of tremendous significance", and is said to be "among the inspired cast's stand-out performances" by Classics Today.

In 2003 Ms. Sandy performed the role of Eliza Brooks in the Central City Opera world premiere of Gabriel's Daughter. She has sung the roles of Stephano with Opera North in Roméo et Juliette, Second Lady with Brevard Music Center in The Magic Flute, and Mercedes with One World Symphony in Carmen.

In 2007 AnnMarie made her Lincoln Center debut at Avery Fisher Hall, performing the alto solo in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 singing the role of Ursula, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Collegiate Chorale, and the Manhattan Girls Chorus, in the Strauss opera Feuersnot.

In the fall of 2014 the mezzo-soprano returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago and performed in the ensemble cast of Porgy and Bess. She was featured in the work Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad with the Susquehanna Valley Chorale, and also performed in recital the Ravel song cycle Chansons madécasses at Bucknell University.

In 2017 AnnMarie performed in the concert [GENERATE] William Parker: Healing Songs from the Tone World, which was held at the experimental Brooklyn venue Roulette. She joined the cast of ¡Figaro! (90210), back again Off Broadway at The Duke Theater on 42nd Street, reprising the cover role of Donna Curson. The mezzo-soprano is featured on the album Voices Fall from the Sky, the vocal compilation album of renowned free jazz bassist and composer William Parker. Described by PopMatters as William Parker's "album of a lifetime", in the featured piece The Blinking of the Ear the magazine states Ms. Sandy as: "stretching her operatic range to sing notes of freedom, healing, and peace." Recent performances include the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, with William Parker featuring In Order to Survive Extended Ensemble. She will perform at Carnegie Hall with American Symphony Orchestra and Bard Festival Chorale, featuring Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and Schoeck Trommelschlaege."

-AnnMarie Sandy Website (http://www.annmariesandy.com/about/)
12/5/2018

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track listing:


CD1



1. Fallen Flower 2:08

2. Gone 4:44

3. Emmett Till 1:15

4. Broken Earth 1:10

5. I Had a Dream Last Night 7:17

6. Flag 0:33

7. Give Me Back My Drum 6:30

8. Living Hope 2:14

9. Children 7:42

10. What Is That About? 13:03

11. Music Song 1:48

12. Samba 2:09

CD2



1. Meditation on Freedom 14:23

2. Without Love Everything Will Fail 10:41

3. Dark Remembrance 6:09

4. Heavenly Home Meditation on Peace (Part One) 15:40

5. Heavenly Home Meditation on Peace (Part Two) 17:45

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This special edition release is comprised of two brand new full-length albums, distinct in personnel and approach, yet complementary in ethos. William Parker is (and has been) on a profound and voluminous creative flow. Both of these albums were made in Summer 2018; they follow up and extend on his June 2018 release, the exemplary 3CD box set Voices Fall From the Sky.

Flower in a Stained-Glass Window fully features vocalist Leena Conquest, a tremendous interpreter of Parker's work in song. She can be heard to deep affect in his Raining On The Moon and Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield projects. This is her first work together with Parker since 2012, and it is a most potent return to this creative orbit. She sings and speaks atop of and within a fresh ensemble featuring Parker's bass together with long-time compatriots trombonist Steve Swell and saxophonist Dave Sewelson, South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo (in his first work with Parker), Parker's son Isaiah on piano, as well as younger saxophonic talents Abraham Mennen and Nick Lyons.

This work is dedicated to the inspiration of Martin Luther King, and the lyrical content pulls no punches delivering the truth as Parker sees it. The message is: social and political justice and equality for all human beings.

Flower in a Stained-Glass Window was slated for release on its own, and then William Parker had a summer residency at The Stone / New School in New York in which The Blinking of The Ear was presented in wholly extended form by an ensemble featuring Daniel Carter (witness the recently released Seraphic Light), Steve Swell, Eri Yamamoto on piano, William Parker and young Leonid Galaganov on drums, with mezzo soprano AnnMarie Sandy.

This composition first appeared on the Voices Fall From The Sky box set in a voice/piano/drums reading. Here, as Parker writes in the liner notes: 'The dream was to combine written music with improvised music; slowly and seamlessly folding them together as one. This sextet live version wholly realized that dream; it was an extraordinary event in music called universal tonality.'

After hearing the recording, it was forthwith decided to include this and make it a true double-album event! Astonishing work, all of this."-Centering


Packaged in a limited edition deluxe 8-panel digipak, with liner notes by William Parker.
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Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey)
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 3 Pandora
(Leo)
Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker)
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan
(Leo)
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)
Perelman, Ivo / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 4
(Leo)
Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang)
The Chicago Plan
(Clean Feed)
Swell, Steve
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser
(Swell Records)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Song Sentimentale [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Williams, Arthur (w/ Peter Kuhn / Toshinori Kondo / William Parker / Denis Charles)
Forgiveness Suite [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver)
Soul Travelers [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(RogueArt)
Kretzmer, Yoni (Steve Swell / Thomas Heberer / Max Johnson / Chad Taylor)
FIVE
(OutNow Recordings)
Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson)
No Time Left!
(Long Song Records)
Parker, William / Raining on the Moon
Great Spirit
(Aum Fidelity)
Swell's, Steve Kende Dreams (Swell/ Brown / Crothers / Parker / Taylor)
Hommage A Bartok
(Silkheart)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
(RogueArt)
Carter, Daniel / Federico Ughi
Extra Room [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(577)
Costa, Carlo Quartet
Sediment
(Neither/Nor Records)
Bang, Billy / William Parker
Medicine Buddha
(NoBusiness)
Innanen, Mikko / William Parker / Andrew Cyrille
Song For A New Decade [2 CDs]
(Tum)
Malaby, Tony Tamarindo
Somos Agua
(Clean Feed)
Moondoc, Jemeel
The Zoopkeeper's House (Trio/Quartet/Quintet)
(Relative Pitch)
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell
Matter Anti-Matter, Sixty-Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
Serendipity
(Leo)
New Atlantis Octet
Unto the Sun
(Not Two Records)
Shipp, Matthew
Greatest Hits
(Thirsty Ear)
Gregorio, Guillermo / Pandelis Karayorgis / Steve Swell
Window and Doorway
(Driff Records)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Johnson, Max
Quartet
(Not Two Records)
Platform 1
Takes Off
(Clean Feed)
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)
Element Choir, The & William Parker
At Christ Church Deer Park
(Barnyard)
Bang, Billy Survival Ensemble
Black Man's Blues / New York Collage [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)
Other Dimensions in Music featuring Fay Victor
Kaiso Stories
(Silkheart)
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)
Parker, William
At Somewhere There
(Barnyard)
Yamamoto, Eri Trio
In Each Day Something Good
(Aum Fidelity)
Swell, Steve presents
Planet Dream
(Clean Feed)
Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid
On Reade Street
(FMR)
Parker, William Quartet
Petit Oiseau
(Aum Fidelity)
Braxton, Anthony / Milford Graves / William Parker
Beyond Quantum
(Tzadik)
Dixon Orchestra, Bill
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur
(Aum Fidelity)
Shipp Trio, Matthew
The Multiplication Table (re-issue)
(Hatology)
Moondoc Tentet, Jemeel / Jus Grew Orchestra
Live at the Vision Festival 2001
(Ayler)
Drake, Hamid / Bindu
Blissful
(RogueArt)
Brown Ensemble, Rob
Crown Trunk Root Funk
(Aum Fidelity)
Parker, William Double Quartet
Alphaville Suite: Music Inspired by the Jean Luc Godard film
(RogueArt)
Swell's Fire Into Music, Steve
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)
Parker, William & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
For Percy Heath
(Les Disques Victo)
Diplomats, The
We Are Not Obstinate Islands
(Clean Feed)
Taylor, Cecil Unit
The Eighth
(Hatology)
Shipp, Matthew Quartet
Points
(Silkheart)
Jordan, "Kidd" Quartet
New Orleans Festival Suite
(Silkheart)
Brown, Rob Quartet
Radiant Pools
(RogueArt)
Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio
The Bishop's Move
(Les Disques Victo)
Blue Collar
Is an Apparition
(Rossbin)
Lyons, Jimmy
The Box Set
(Ayler)
Marcus Trio, Michael
Ithem
(Ayler Records)
Phillips, Barre / Joelle Leandre / William Parker / Tetsu Saitoh
After You Gone
(Les Disques Victo)
Active Ingredients (Chad Taylor / Jemeel Moondoc / Tom Abbs / Steve Swell / Rob Mazurek / David Boykin / Avreeayl Ra)
Titration
(Delmark)
Dorgon, Mr. / Parker, William
9
(Jumbo)
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Live at the Forward Festival 2016 [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
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Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK]
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Kuhn, Peter (w/ Cline/ Clucas / Sewelson / Walton)
Dependent Origination
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Heptagon
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The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Rhea
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The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 3 Pandora
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The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan
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Magnetism(s) [2 CDs]
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The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 4
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