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Parker, William

Long Hidden: The Olmec Series

Parker, William: Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (Aum Fidelity)


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UPC: 642623303627

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 036CD
Squidco Product Code: 5976

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Tracks 1 to 5, 8 to 10 recorded at Strobe-Light Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Tracks 6, 7 recorded live on 26 January 1997 at Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA.


William Parker-solo bass, doson'nogoni

The Olmec Group: Dave Sewelson-saxophone

Todd Nicholson-bass

Omar Payao

Isaiah Parker

Gabriel Nunez

Luis Ramierez

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.
"William Parker's new album explores and expands on the ancient DNA/cultural codex that connects Africa to The Americas - reflecting William Parker's long abiding interest in and study of the continental connection between the Manding people of West Africa and the Olmec of ancient Mexico (root culture of the Maya forward). The album opens with an arrestingly spacious solo bass performance of the traditional hymn "There Is A Balm In Gilead", one of William's favorites. It continues episodically with music from three different sessions: The title track is a series of solo pieces on the 8-string doson ngoni (traditional hunter's guitar from West Africa). The two further compositions on solo bass are rendered arco, revealing William's theory of music - sound is light and light is sound. The third session are four pieces by [the jazz/latin styled] Olmec Group. These tracks are at the crux of Long Hidden - mysterious and entrancing sound poetry embracing the Caribbean and Middle America via inspiration drawn from the Great Stone Head of the Olmec."-Aum Fidelity. Liner notes by William Parker

Artist Biographies

"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 (

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

-Squidco 6/7/2023

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Track Listing:

1. There Is A Balm In Gilead 6:14

2. Long Hidden Part Two 0:46

3. Codex 7:00

4. El Puente Seco 3:49

5. Long Hidden Part Three 3:13

6. Cathedral Of Light 3:46

7. Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy 5:02

8. Pok-A-Tok 11:20

9. Espirito 1:13

10. Long Hidden Part One 7:25

11. In Case Of Accident 14:09

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Parker, William
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
March 2006
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