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Peter Brotzmann/William Parker/Hamid DrakeNever Too Late But Always Too Early ... CD
Eremite, 2001. New Copy 2 CDs .... $11.99 29.99
Peter Brotzmann blows beautifully here – in a set that's dedicated to bassist Peter Kowald, and which features some especially great work from William Parker in the group! Brotzmann's got some soulful tones right at the start – almost an exotic quality in his reeds that spins out strongly with Parker's bass and the creative drum work of Hamid Drake – often with that bold focus that can make an Eremite date like this so great! The performance is fierce, but never in an unfocused way – and Drake is really wonderfully balanced between straighter swing and some of his freer explorations on the drum kit. Titles include "Never Run But Go", "The Heart & The Bones", "Halfhearted Beant", and "Never Too Late But Always Too Early". CD

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Raphe Malik QuartetCompanions ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Trumpeter Raphe Malik's got some great companions on this set – a quartet that features Glenn Spearman on tenor sax, William Parker on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums – all musicians who can really step out and soar along with Malik's bold improvisations! The performance hits that perfect Eremite expression of older loft jazz modes that makes the label's work from this time so crucial – a set that shows a strong creative jazz fire still burning strongly in the northeast – recorded live in a very respectful way. Tracks are all long, with a great sense of freedom, but still a wonderful focus too – and titles include "Lyon's Jump", "Emblematic", "Bend", and "Health Food". CD

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Jemeel Moondoc & The Jus Grew OrchestraSpirit House ... CD
Eremite, 2000. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
A surprisingly bold large group session from Jemeel Moondoc – one that still has all the sense of soul of some of his smaller combo improvisations – but which also soars forth with a much richer vision as well! Improvisation is still at the core of the date, handled by some very strong players – but there's also a sense of arrangement that really pushes past the usual these platforms for ensemble expression which then lead to strongly individual passages – handled by players who include Zane Massey on tenor, Roy Campbell on trumpet, Tyrone Hill and Steve Swell on trombones, Bern Nix on guitar, and Lewis Barnes on trumpet. Moondoc conducts, and plays alto – and titles include "Quick Pick", "Brass Monkeys", "Flora", "End Game", and "Spirit House". CD

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Jemeel Moondoc, William Parker, Hamid DrakeNew World Pygmies Vol 2 ... CD
Eremite, 2000. New Copy 2 CDs .... $11.99 19.99
A wonderful follow-up to the incredible New World Pygmies set from saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc and bassist William Parker – one that not only features a double-length set of work, but also includes some guest drums from Hamid Drake on half the set! The core energy still really comes from the Moondoc/Parker pairing, though – a wonderful association that stands brilliantly here as some of the most soulful improvisation from the time – rich in spirit, strong in focus, and almost always swinging – with a balance between freedom and straightness that we really love. Tracks are all quite long – and CD one features a performance from Madison, while CD two features a Chicago set at the Velvet Lounge, with Drake on trap drums. Moondoc plays alto and soprano sax, and in addition to bass, Parker also plays bombard and gralle – on titles that include "Spirit House", "O'Neal's Porch", "New World Pygmies", "Blues For Katie", and "Three Clay Pots". CD

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Jemeel Moondoc/Denis CharlesWe Don't ... CD
Eremite, 1981. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Bold and brilliant duets from altoist Jemeel Moondoc and drummer Dennis Charles – the latter of whom is in tremendous form in this very free setting! There's a sense of soul and spirit that grabs us right from the start – these surprisingly deep notes from Moondoc, making us keep checking the notes to see if he's handling another horn besides alto sax – given a rumbling, brooding sensibility through Charles' work on drums – which never bombastically dominates, but always ruminates with a power that drives Jemeel on. Titles include "We Don't", "We Do", "Judy's Bounce", and "Home". CD

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Sunny MurrayPerles Noires Vol 1 ... CD
Eremite, 2005. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Magical work on drums from Sunny Murray – a later recording done with reedman Sabir Mateen – plus a few surprise guests on some of the tracks in the set! Murray's drums have all the power and presence we remember from years back – dimmed slightly with age, but given a lot more feeling too – matched nicely by Mateen's free lines on alto, tenor sax, and alto clarinet. Dave Burrell joins the pair on piano for four long, free numbers – and two more titles features Alan Silva on bass and Louis Belogenis on tenor. One remaining cut features just Murray and Mateen – and titles include "Fox Hunting In Manhattan (in 3 parts)", "Three Is A Crowd", "Top Dogs Boogie", "Trail Of Tears", and "Lonely Woman". CD

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Sunny MurrayPerles Noires Vol 2 ... CD
Eremite, 2005. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
A great follow-up to the first Perles Noires album – and like that one, a set that starts with some great duet energy between reedman Sabir Mateen and drummer Sunny Murray! Sunny's playing the drum kit wonderfully here – almost melodically, with his approach to different touches and tones on the skins – and Mateen's often more dramatic on his reed work, which includes alto, tenor, b-flat clarinet, and flute. Oluyemi Thomas plays added bass clarinet and c-melody sax on four numbers – and three more feature pianist John Blum. Things are relatively free throughout – more improvised than composed, with edges that hearken back to Murray's ESP years – and titles include "Changing Times 1 & 2", "No U-Turns Today", "Philly Sure Has Changed", "Nostalgia", and "Sundance At Night". CD

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Sunny Murray/Sabir MateenWe Are Not At The Opera ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
You're definitely not at the opera with a set like this – a batch of well-crafted improvisations between drummer Sunny Murray and reedman Sabir Mateen – who plays alto, tenor sax, and flute throughout the course of the record! Like most of the best Eremite releases, this one is a live date – but has a sense of focus that's way more than just loose improvisation – a wonderful document of two very like-minded players, coming together with an openly creative vibe that recalls the soulfulness of the loft jazz generation. Titles include "Rejoicing New Dreams", "Clandestine Giant", "Too Many Drummers Not Enough Time", and "Musically Correct". CD

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William ParkerThrough Acceptance Of The Mystery Place (with bonus track) ... CD
Centering/Eremite, 1976/1981. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Early genius from William Parker – a set of work inspired by the poems of Kenneth Patchen, and performed with a really vivid sound overall! The players here differ from track to track – and the album comes together almost like a sonic suite – echoing some themes very slightly, not in a musical way, but more of an emotive one – gently lyrical one minute, but more boldly expressive at another. Players include Billy Bang and Polly Bradfield on violin, Toshinori Kondo on alto horn, Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Arthur Williams on trumpet, John Hagen and Charles Brackeen on tenor, and Parker on bass. Titles include "Rattles & Bells & The Light Of The Sea", "Desert Flower", "Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace", and "Commitment". CD also features a bonus track recorded in 1976 – "Face Hands Still Folded", with Billy Bang and Ramsey Ameen on violin, and Parker performing a recitation. CD

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Alan Silva & Oluyemi ThomasTransmissions ... CD
Eremite, 1999. Used .... $18.99
(Out of print.)

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TestLive/Test ... CD
Eremite, 1998. Used .... $14.99
Test is Tom Bruno, Daniel Carter, Matthew Heyner and Sabir Marteen. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Joshua AbramsNatural Information (limited edition 180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Eremite, 2010. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Josh Abrams is one of those never predictable, restlessly creative spirits in the avant, jazzy, minimalist, whatever you want to call it underground who manages to knock us out with each project – whether he's part of an ensemble or doing his own thing – and Natural Information is another win in the latter category! At the core of this set's instrumentation is the guimbri, a 3-stringed instrument used to hypnotic, engrossing effect. Some sample atmospheric keeps the overall vibe out of global folk territory, though. Wonderful stuff from an excellent musician and innovator. LP, Vinyl record album

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New John BlumJohn Blum Astrogeny Quartet ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only performance ever from this really special group – the Astrogeny Quartet, formed as a new project from pianist John Blum, with key participation from bassist William Parker, reedman Antonio Grippi, and drummer Dennis Charles – but a group that never continued after this date, due to Charles untimely early demise. The energy here is quite powerful, though – with some incredibly free, fast lines from Blum on piano – driven strongly by Charles' drums, and offset with a deeper sense of contemplation from Grippi, especially at the mellower moments. As often on other dates, Parker really holds the whole thing together – and titles include "Astrogeny", "Simultanium", "Dieci", and "Encomia". CD

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New Noah HowardPatterns/Message To South Africa ... CD
Eremite, 1971/1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 fantastic lost moments in the career of the great altoist Noah Howard! Finding either of these albums on their own would be hard enough – which is why we're extra-appreciative to have them issued here on one CD! The Patterns session was recorded in Holland in 1971, during the period when Howard was in exile in Paris. Howard performed the session for Dutch radio – with a group that featured Misha Mengelberg on piano, Han Bennink on drums, Steve Boston on conga, and Earl Freeman on bass. The session was originally issued on Howard's own Alt Sax label in 1971, and is darn hard to find on vinyl! The other album on the CD – Message To South Africa – was recorded in Paris the week that Steve Biko was killed, and it features Howard playing with two South African ex-patriots – Johnny Dyani on bass and Chris McGregor on piano – as well as Kali Fasteau on vibes and Noel McGhee on drums. The set features only 2 long tracks – "Patterns" and "Message To South Africa". CD
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New Khan JamalDrum Dance To The Motherland ... CD
Dogtown/Eremite, 1972. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare early session from vibist Khan Jamal – recorded with his Philly-based Creative Arts Ensemble collective! The group follows strongly in the spirit of similar combos from Chicago and St Louis – particularly the latter – and Jamal's group is working here in a mode that's initiated by the original sonic experiments of the AACM, but taken to deeper, more organic levels. Given Khan's later work, the thing that's most surprising here is the sound texture of the record – because although seemingly improvised, there's also a greater feel towards a whole here – a spacey, ethereal quality that reminds us of some of Sun Ra's most creative moments. Jamal plays vibes, marimba, and clarinet – and the rest of the group includes Monette Sudler on guitar and percussion, Alex Ellison on drums, Dwight James on drums and clarinet, and Billy Mills on both electric and acoustic bass. Although not overly electric, there's a shimmering quality to the music here – as if the production abstracted the original acoustic sound with weird echo and other techniques! Titles include "Inner Peace", "Drum Dance", "Cosmic Echoes", and "Breath Of Life". CD

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New Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/SilvaAll Star Game – With Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/Alan Silva ... CD
Eremite, 2000. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets it right – as the quintet's an all-star lineup that features Marshall Allen on alto sax, Kidd Jordan on tenor, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Alan Silva and William Parker on bass! The twin basses are really wonderful – and have this deep texture that really shapes the performance – a sense of tone and timing that brings urgency to the record in a way that either player on their own wouldn't have been able to achieve – often with a sense of soul that really adds a lot to the reeds! CD features six long live tracks – all improvised by the group. CD

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New Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, & William ParkerBlue Winter ... CD
Eremite, 2005. New Copy 2 CDs .... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the strengths of these players working together in a trio – the sense of respect and patience they each have for each other – letting the sound come at just the right moment in just the right way, as things build together in this amazing way – then leap forth with a power that's even more incredible when all three musicians fall into step! Anderson's tenor gets lots of rich open space to roam around – with these deep tones that strongly echo a Coltrane legacy, almost more soulfully than other albums of this vintage – and Parker's bass is wonderful, as always, in a setting like this – and Drake's drums are a masterpiece of understatement. The set features four long improvisations – recorded live in a very warm space. CD

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New Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, K Jordan & W Parker2 Days In April ... CD
Eremite, 1994. New Copy 2 CDs .... Out Of Stock
Two great days in April – each featuring some very free improvisation from a group that includes Fred Anderson and Kidd Jordan on tenors, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums – a quartet with boundless energy, and a really rich sense of each other's place within the sound! The first day features a performance from Amherst, and a relatively fiery one at that – with these unbridled sounds from all players, and some especially tremendous saxophone lines from Anderson and Jordan – often soaring out together, but with a very individual sense of space. The second day is slightly more measured – a Cambridge performance that has some nice solo spots for each player. Both dates are very well-recorded – and packaged in the usual high Eremite standard! CD

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New Die Like A Dog QuartetFrom Valley To Valley – Live At Fire In The Valley ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from this hip Peter Brotzmann combo – a group that features Brotzmann on tenor, Roy Campbell on trumpet, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The session's easily one of Brotzmann's most spiritual ever – an outing that still echoes the free modes of his European work, but which really draws a strong sense of spirit from the American players on the date – particularly Campbell, whose horn soars out here boldly to give the record a strong sense of majesty! The performance is live – and features two long tracks, plus a shorter encore. CD

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New Alan Silva & William ParkerHero's Welcome – Pieces For Rare Occasions – Vol 1 Of The Silva/Parker Duets ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Alan Silva's usually best known as a bassist – but here he sets that instrument aside for a set of duets with William Parker – really rich music that has a much fuller feel than you'd expect from just a pair of players! The piece was entirely improvised – spontaneously composed by Parker on bass, and Silva on piano and keyboards – yet performed in a way that has this stunningly rich feel – thanks partly to lots of bowed passages on the bass, and possibly use of richer sound samples triggered via the keyboard – although it's a bit hard to tell at times. The performance lives up to the free jazz legacy of both players, but also carries some strong currents of 20th century avant work by composers like Cage or Lutoslowski – marking another rich chapter in Parker's always-great career! CD

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New Solidarity Unit, IncRed, Black & Green (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Charles Shaw/Eremite, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Landmark work from the St Louis scene – a pivotal album by Solidarity Unit – an offshoot of that city's groundbreaking Black Artists Group! The style here is very much in the mode of AACM work coming out of Chicago at the time – freely creative, and very exploratory – although often presented here with a sense of tightness and power that's even more impressive. Charles Bobo Shaw is the key musical vision here – having wrote, arranged, and produced the record – a bold vehicle for his own creative work on percussion, alongside other players who include Oliver Lake on flute and alto, Joseph Bowie on trombone, Danny Trice on congas, Richard Martin on guitar, and Baikida Yaseen (Carroll?) on trumpet. Tracks are all long, and quite free – and titles include "Beyond The New Horizon", "Floreo", and "Something To Play On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 600 copies – done with very heavy, high quality vinyl, in a very heavy cover!)

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New Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music SocietyFather Of Origin (2LP & CD box set) ... CD
Eremite, 1971. New Copy 2LP/CD/Book .... Out Of Stock
Amazing music throughout – all recorded under the leadership of bassist Juma Sultan! The package is quite unique – 2LPs worth of music, with a full fresh set of music on an additional CD – all collected in a very heavy box, with an oversized booklet too! The sounds are quite free throughout, but also occasionally introspective, in a beautiful spiritual jazz mode – with echoes of early 70s Impulse Records, mixed with some of the more progressive sides of the avant scene on the east coast at the time! LP 1 features the extended "Fan Dance" – performed by a group that includes Gene Dinwiddie on saxes and flute, Earl Cross on trumpet, Ralph Walsh on guitar, Phil Wilson on drums, and Ali Abuwi on great percussion – plus the shorter "Ode To A Gypsy Son", done by a trio with Abuwi, Sultan, and Earl Cross – who handles a E flat mellophone! LP 2 features unstructured private recordings by a very hip trio – Abuwi on percussion, Sultan on bass, percussion, and alto sax – and an early appearance by Frank Lowe on tenor! The CD features two untitled collective improvisations – with Abuwi on percussion, Sultan on bass and percussion, Abdul Wadud on cello, Phil Wilson on drums, Charles Bobo Shaw on perucssion, Julius Helphill on alto, Gene Dinwiddie on flute, and Rod Hicks on bass. CD
(Two LPs, a CD, and a 28 page 12x12 book – damn expensive, we know – but ultra-limited, and very nicely put together!)

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New Jemeel Moondoc, William ParkerNew World Pygmies ... CD
Eremite, 1998. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Jemeel Moodoc recordings of recent years – a sublime set of duets with bassist William Parker, and a record that's got a vibe that's even more spiritual than usual from both players! There's a sense of timelessness to the music we really love – a sense of improvisation that encompasses avant traditions in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and St Louis – but which also has a deeply personal spirit, too – as those rare moments when Parker really gets the chance to shape a session with his sense of soul – and here brings out a bold focus in Moondoc's alto that's really breathtaking. Titles include "Huey Sees A Rainbow", "Another Angel Goes Home", "Encore", "Theme For Pelikan", and "New World Pygmies". CD

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New William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music OrRaincoat In The River Vol 1 – ICA Concert ... CD
Eremite, 1991. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
William Parker's a player who always adds a lot to an improvisation session, but he's also a hell of a composer, and a visionary leader too – able to work in these large concepts and musical ideas that seem to come off better than most similar work by any of his contemporaries! There's a sense of power and vision to this record that recalls some of the most ambitious projects on Soul Note/Black Saint from the start of the 80s – an ability to mix improvisation with richer shades and group movements – as Parker directs a lineup that includes reeds from Rob Brown, Ori Kaplan, Charles Waters, and Darryl Foster – and trombones from Steve Swell and Alex Lodico, trumpet from Roy Campbell and Richard Rodriguez, and a bit of vocals from Leena Conquest. The performance has a majesty that takes us back to the Arkestra at their best – but the poetic power of the music is also all Parker's own as well. Titles include "Meditation For Two Voices", "Raincoat In The River", "Painter's Celebration", "Mountain/Maintain", and "Anast Crossing The Lake Of Light". CD