William Parker

William Parker - © 2006 mvonlanthen

born on 10/1/1952 in New York City, NY, United States

Links www.williamparker.net (English)

William Parker (musician)

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William Parker (musician)

William Parker (born January 10, 1952) is an American free jazz double bassist, multi-instrumentalist, poet and composer.

Biography

Parker was born Bronx, New York City. He was not formally trained as a classical player, though he did study with Jimmy Garrison, Richard Davis, and Wilbur Ware and learned the tradition. Parker is one of few jazz bassists who regularly plays arco. He also plays several other instruments from around the world, including the West African kora.

While Parker has been active since the early 1970s; he has had a higher public profile since the early 1990s. He is a prominent and influential musician in the New York City experimental jazz scene,[1] and has regularly appeared at music festivals around the world, including the Guelph Jazz Festival, in southern Ontario.

Parker first came to public attention with pianist Cecil Taylor. He has long been a member of saxophonist David S. Ware's quartet and in Peter Brötzmann' s groups.

He is a member of the cooperative Other Dimensions In Music. Together with his wife organizes the annual Vision Festival in New York City.

The album Sound Unity by the William Parker Quartet was chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. His August 2008 CD Double Sunrise over Neptune was listed as one of the top 10 2008 (through end of August) Jazz CD's at Amazon.[2] Also released in 2008, Petit Oiseau was chosen as one of the best jazz disks of 2008 by The Wall Street Journal,[3] the BBC's Radio Three,[4] The Village Voice,[5] and PopMatters.[6]

In 2006, Parker was awarded the Resounding Vision Award from Nameless Sound. In March 2007, William Parker's book, Who Owns Music?, was published by buddy's knife jazzedition in Cologne, Germany. Who Owns Music? assembles his political thoughts, poems, and musicological essays. In June 2011, Parker's second book, Conversations, a collection of interviews with notable free jazz musicians and forward thinkers, mainly from the African-American community, was published by Rogue Art.[7]

Discography

As leader

  • Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace (Centering, 1981)
  • Flowers Grow in My Room (Centering, 1994)
  • In Order to Survive (Black Saint, 1995)
  • Testimony (Zero In, 1995)
  • Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy (Homestead, 1996)
  • Sunrise in the Tone World (AUM Fidelity, 1997)
  • Lifting the Sanctions (No More, 1997)
  • Zen Mountains/Zen Streets: A Duet For Poet & Improvised Bass (Boxholder, 1998)
  • Peach Orchard (AUM Fidelity, 1998)
  • Posium Pendasem (FMP, 1999)
  • O'Neal's Porch (AUM Fidelity, 2000)
  • Mayor of Punkville (AUM Fidelity, 2000)
  • Painter's Spring (Thirsty Ear, 2000)
  • Song Cycle (Boxholder, 2001)
  • Piercing the Veil (AUM Fidelity, 2001)
  • Bob's Pink Cadillac (Eremite, 2002)
  • Raincoat in the River (Eremite, 2002)
  • ... and William Danced (Ayler Records, 2002)
  • Raining on the Moon (Thirsty Ear, 2002)
  • Eloping with the Sun (Riti, 2003)
  • Scrapbook (Thirsty Ear, 2003)
  • Fractured Dimensions (FMP, 2003)
  • Spontaneous (Splasc(H), 2003)
  • Mass for the Healing of the World (Black Saint, 2004)
  • Luc's Lantern (Thirsty Ear, 2005)
  • Sound Unity (AUM Fidelity, 2005)
  • Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (AUM Fidelity, 2006)
  • For Percy Heath (Victo, 2006)
  • Alphaville Suite (RogueArt, 2007)
  • The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (Rai Trade, 2007)
  • Volume 2: Summer Snow with Hamid Drake (AUM Fidelity, 2007)
  • Corn Meal Dance (AUM Fidelity, 2007)
  • Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Aum Fidelity/Arts for Art, 2007)
  • Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity, 2008)
  • Beyond Quantum with Anthony Braxton and Milford Graves (Tzadik, 2008)
  • I Plan to Stay a Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (AUM Fidelity, 2010)
  • Uncle Joe's Spirit House (Centering, 2010)
  • Essence of Ellington / Live in Milano (AUM Fidelity, 2012)
  • Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (No Business, 2012)
  • Live In Wroclove (ForTune, 2013)
  • Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 (Aum Fidelity, 2013)

As sideman

With Derek Bailey and John Zorn

  • Harras (Avant, 1993)

With Billy Bang

  • The Fire from Within (Soul Note, 1981)
  • Live at Carlos 1 (Soul Note, 1984)

With Charles Gayle

  • Touchin' on Trane (FMP, 1991 [1993])
  • Consecration (Black Saint, 1993)
  • Daily Bread (Black Saint, 1995)

With Wayne Horvitz

  • Some Order, Long Understood (Black Saint, 1982)

With Jimmy Lyons

  • Wee Sneezawee (Black Saint, 1983)

With Michael Marcus (musician)

  • Under The Wire (Enja, 1990)

With Roscoe Mitchell

  • This Dance Is for Steve McCall (Black Saint, 1993)
  • Nine to Get Ready (ECM, 1997)

With Cecil Taylor

  • The Eighth (HatHut, 1986)
  • Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants) (Soul Note, 1987)
  • Olu Iwa (Soul Note, 1987)
  • Live in Bologna (Leo, 1987)
  • Live in Vienna (Leo, 1987)
  • Tzotzil/Mummers/Tzotzil (Leo, 1988)
  • Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) (FMP, 1988)
  • In Florescence (A&M, 1989)
  • Looking (Berlin Version) Corona (FMP, 1989)
  • Looking (Berlin Version) The Feel Trio (FMP, 1989)
  • Celebrated Blazons (FMP, 1990)

With Alan Glover

  • Kings Of Infinite Space (Omolade Music 2006)
  • The Juice Quartet Archives (Omolade Music 2010)

With David S Ware

  • Passage to Music (Silkheart 1988)
  • Great Bliss, Vol. 1 (Silkheart 1991)
  • Great Bliss, Vol. 2 (Silkheart 1991)
  • Flight of I (DIW 1992)
  • Third Ear Recitation (DIW 1992)
  • Earthquation (DIW 1994)
  • Cryptology (Homestead 1995)
  • Oblations and Blessings (Silkheart, 1996)
  • DAO (Homestead 1996)
  • Godspelized (DIW, 1996)
  • Wisdom of Uncertainty (AUM Fidelity, 1997)
  • Go See the World (Columbia, 1998)
  • Surrendered (Columbia, 2000)
  • Corridors & Parallels (AUM Fidelity, 2001)
  • Freedom Suite (AUM Fidelity, 2002)
  • Threads (Thirsty Ear 2003)
  • The David S Ware Quartets Live in the World (Thirsty Ear 2004)
  • Balladware (THI 1999)
  • Renunciation (AUM 2006)
  • Live in Vilnius (NoBusiness Records 2007)
  • SHAKTI (AUM 2008
  • Onecept (AUM 2009)
  • Planetary Unknown (AUM 2010)
  • Planetary Unknown - Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011 (AUM 2011)

With Rob Brown

  • Breath Rhyme (Silkheart Records, 1990)
  • High Wire (Soul Note, 1996)

With Charles Gayle

  • Touchin' on Trane (FMP, 1991)

With Matthew Shipp

  • Points (Silkheart, 1992)
  • Circular Temple (Quinton, 1992)
  • Zo (Rise, 1994)
  • Critical Mass (2.13.61, 1995)
  • Prism (Brinkman, 1996)
  • The Flow of X (2.13.61, 1997)
  • By the Law of Music (HatART, 1997)
  • The Multiplication Table (hatOLOGY, 1998)
  • Strata (hatOLOGY, 1998)

With Albert Beger

  • Evolving Silence, Vol. 1 (2005)
  • Evolving Silence, Vol. 2 (2006)

With Roy Campbell, Joe McPhee & Warren Smith

  • Tribute to Albert Ayler Live at the Dynamo (Marge Records, 2009)

With Thollem McDonas & Nels Cline

  • The Gowanus Session (Porter Records, 2012)

Books

Films

  • 2001 - Inside Out in the Open (2001). Directed by Alan Roth. Asymmetric Pictures. Distributed by Third World Newsreel.

References

  1. Blumenfeld, Larry, Music; A Father to the Followers of Free Jazz, 2002-05-26. URL accessed on 2011-01-05.
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