Pure William Parker in this solo album from 1998, as the New York double bassist presents 6 original works that demonstrate his skills as a composer, and his profound playing style, focused primarily on bowing with two pizzicato pieces, displaying an exceptional range of styles and emotions; the album cover is by Jeff Schlanger, painted during live recording of this music.
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Label: No More Records
Catalog ID: NOMORE 006CD
Squidco Product Code: 26568
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Studio Spirale, in New York City, New York, on November 29th, 1997, by Alen Hadzi Stefanov.
William Parker-acoustic bass
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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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1. Emory 24:41
2. Rainbow Escaping 4:15
3. As A Flower 8:42
4. Mary Waiting 17:05
5. Macchu Picchu 9:54
6. Lifting The Sanctions 6:33
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"William Parker's Lifting The Sanctions is a tour-de-force of solo bass. Words can't express the master musicianship that radiates from Parker's music. There is a strong focus throughout this release on Parker's bowing and composition. Parker's insightful liner notes on bass theory and technique are invaluable for anyone who is familiar with his music."-No More Records
"It is difficult for any soloist to maintain the interest of a listener for an entire CD. The string bassist, with seemingly limited palate, would appear to be one of the hardest instrumentalists of all to perform for an hour by himself. That William Parker does so with excitement, verve, and a wide range of emotion is itself a startling feat. On this recording, Parker, through an astonishing performance, displays tenderness, anxiety, agitation, and much more in thoroughly compelling ways. Parker's unique styling emphasizes arco as opposed to pizzicato playing, though not to the exclusion of the latter. He takes the acoustic bass to new heights through original technique employing the full range of the bass. The overwhelmingly unrelenting intensity and creative passion, combined with unmitigated energy, make this an indispensable document. Well recorded, and illustrated with original color prints, this album is the result of a beautiful project that has much to offer the serious and open listener."-Steve Loewy, All Music
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