Bond ... CD Mahakala, 2021. Used ...
You might not know the name of the group, but there's plenty of familiar names in the lineup – yet all coming together to build something new and fresh – a set with echoes of a variety of different southern landscapes, recorded and improvised in a studio in New Orleans! This isn't the usual Crescent City jazz, as the vibe here is a mix of freely improvised moments and deeper thematic passages – spread out over three long tracks that work together well as a suite, performed by William Parker on bass, Brian Blade on drums, Chad Fowler on alto, Marc Franklin on trumpet, Christopher Parker on piano, and Kelley Hurt on voice. Titles include "The Bond", "The Emergence", and "The Release". CD
A mighty heavy group – paying tribute to the late drummer Alvin Fiedler – working with the kind of fierce improvisation that Fiedler would have really loved! Tenorist Kidd Jordan was a frequent musical partner of Alvin on record – and the group here really recreates some of the intensity they could deliver together – with Hamid Drake on drums and percussion, Joel Futterman on piano, and William Parker on bass – soaring out beautifully on one extended improvisation that takes up the entire record! Futterman is ferocious on piano, really matching the searing sounds that come from Jordan's horn – as he blows with a legacy of bold, spontaneous creation that almost takes us back to the years of ESP Records or BYG/Actuel. CD
Christopher Parker & Band Of Guardian Angels —
Soul Food ... CD Mahakala, 2019. Used ...
Christopher Parker on piano with Kelly Hurt on vocals, Daniel Carter on winds, Jaimie Branch on trumpet, William Parker on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums. CD
An effortless cascading of sounds – one that comes from this quartet led by Ivo Perelman on tenor, with Christopher Parker on piano, Chad Anderson on drums, and the great William Parker on bass and shakuhachi! The tracks are all quite long, and have this quality of building up in bursts of energy – really resonating with the presence of all players once they get going, with a brooding intensity that's never too dark – thanks to some of the more uplifting inspirations that Perelman brings to his horn! Titles include "Cardician", "Magic Dust", "Impromptu", and "The Way Of The Magician". CD
A beautiful meeting of generations – from a group that features William Parker on bass, Alvin Fiedler on percussion, and Kidd Jordan on tenor – alongside Chris Parker on piano, Chad Fowler on alto and saxello, and Kelly Hurt on a bit of occasional voice! At times, the style is very much in a mode that you might expect from the three older legends – almost an update of an older loft jazz approach at times – but there are warmer currents at other moments, particularly when Parker's piano dominates a bit more – really providing a great setting for all involved, as things more from freer passages to moments of bolder composition with more of an angular swing. Titles include "Garden Party", "Impromptu", "C Melody", "Dopolaria", and "Father Dies Son Dies". CD
Eri Yamamoto/Chad Fowler/William Parker/Steve Hirsh —
Sparks ... CD Mahakala, 2022. New Copy 2CD ...
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Great work from a beautifully-balanced group – a set of musicians who do a great job of finding each others spaces and strengths together – yet a record that really stands out for the work on stritch and saxello from Chad Fowler! Both reed instruments aren't that common – you'd be more likely to hear them on 60s records by Roland Kirk or George Braith – and they've got this nice edge that's slightly different than usual saxophone notes, working beautifully alongside the warmer piano work of Eri Yamamoto, the drums of Steve Hirsh, and surprisingly subtle (at times) bass of William Parker! Tracks are all nice and long, and titles include "Sparks", "In The Garden", "Bob's Pink Cadillac", "Taiko", and "Real World". CD
Everyone on the cover's wearing a mask – but don't worry, they take them off during the performance – or at least that's the case with Michael Marcus and Joe McPhee, who bring some really wonderful reed work to the session! The group's a quartet – Marcus and McPhee on reeds, and Warren Smith and Joe Rosen on percussion – working here with a nice sense of structure, but plenty of freedom in the way the instruments come together – a really timeless session with a strong sense of spirit – and a meeting of the players that will last much longer than the cover's dated pandemic reference! Titles include "Joe's Train", "Love Exists Everywhere", "East Side Dilemma", "Coney Island Funk", and "Bluer Than Blue". CD
Matthew Shipp & Chad Fowler —
Old Stories ... CD Mahakala, 2022. New Copy 2CD ...
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Pianist Matthew Shipp works here alongside reedman Chad Fowler – who blows both stritch and saxello – two unusual horns that take on a nice edge next to Shipp's piano! The tracks are all long improvisations – and Fowler's use of the instruments is very different than on a recent session with pianist Eri Yamamoto – much more tuned towards the darker notes in Shipp's palette, and the pianist's always-fresh sense of timing – which almost makes his contributions seem effortless and personal, while Fowler finds a way to echo their emotion. The double-length set features fourteen tracks in all – all untitled, but numbered improvisations. CD