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Sunny MurrayPerles Noires Vol 1 ... CD
Eremite, 2005. Used ... $8.99
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
(Out of print.)

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William ParkerThrough Acceptance Of The Mystery Place (with bonus track) ... CD
Centering/Eremite, 1976/1981. Used ... $11.99
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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✨✧ Die Like A Dog QuartetFrom Valley To Valley – Live At Fire In The Valley ... CD
Eremite, 1998. Used ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Jemeel Moondoc, William Parker, Hamid DrakeNew World Pygmies Vol 2 ... CD
Eremite, 2000. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Alan Silva & William ParkerHero's Welcome – Pieces For Rare Occasions – Vol 1 Of The Silva/Parker Duets ... CD
Eremite, 1998. Used ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music OrRaincoat In The River Vol 1 – ICA Concert ... CD
Eremite, 1991. Used ... 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
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✨✧ Matthew Shipp Quartet Declared EnemyOur Lady Of The Flowers ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Reedman Sabir Mateen makes some wonderful contributions here – blowing tenor and clarinet with the sort of soulful, searching tone we love on his work for the Eremite label – which makes for a great contribution to the music of Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums! The Shipp/Parker pairing are as wonderful as ever – and very much well suited to each other's very dynamic shifts here – which can even be striking on some of the more laidback, mellow moments – some of which feature Mateen really impressing us on clarinet! Cleaver can come full-on when needed, but then really lays back – almost allowing the group to be a trio, except when he's called upon to deliver the right dose of energy. Titles include "Atomic Note", "New Tension", "Irrational", "Gasp", "Cosmic Joke", "Our Lady Of The Flowers", and "Silence Blooms". CD

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✨✧ Sabir Mateen/Sirone/Andrew BarkerInfinite Flowers (clear orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sagittarius (Italy), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful trio, and one with a vibe that takes us back to the loft jazz scene in New York during the 70s – with a loose, open quality that's really wonderful – as the trio builds up their sound through very sensitive interplay – never letting ego get in the way of their performance as a group, yet still allowing for plenty of space for individual improvisation as well! Sabir Mateen is wonderful throughout – blowing in this strongly spiritual mode in tenor, with a quality that rivals his performances on the Eremite label – and bassist Sirone has this commanding tone that's still incredible after all these years – alongside sensitive work on drums from Andrew Barker, who also recorded the session. Titles include "Infinite" and "Flowers" – each of which take up a side of the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing.)

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