For Percy Heath

For Percy Heath

by William Parker
     
 
Bassist William Parker operates within a tradition that nourishes and sustains him as fully and consistently as he gives back to it in his own non-linear manner. Parker's creative philosophy and extraordinary relationship with his instrument stem directly from his studies with master improvisers Richard Davis,

Overview

Bassist William Parker operates within a tradition that nourishes and sustains him as fully and consistently as he gives back to it in his own non-linear manner. Parker's creative philosophy and extraordinary relationship with his instrument stem directly from his studies with master improvisers Richard Davis, Jimmy Garrison, and Wilbur Ware, and in 2006 he dedicated an entire album to the memory and influence of Percy Heath (1923-2005). Naturally enough, Parker did not emulate or imitate Heath's straightforward collaborations with John Lewis and the MJQ, or his later accomplishments in the mainstream of jazz with his brothers Jimmy and Albert "Tootie" Heath. Perhaps Percy's most significant involvement with free-spirited modern musicians took place during the summer of 1960 when he recorded with Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and John Coltrane. (For those wishing to savor Heath's work as a member of that never-to-reassemble quartet, he may be heard on three of the five tracks from the Atlantic album The Avant-Garde" The bassist heard on the other two is Charlie Haden.) Sounding in part like Coltrane's Ascension or Cherry's Symphony for Improvisers, Parker's For Percy Heath is a four-part suite actuated by the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, here consisting of three trumpeters, three trombonists, three reed players, tuba, drums, and bass. Parker cites the formation of his first Little Huey ensemble in 1994 as a major turning point in his life as a musician. For Percy Heath compares beautifully with Parker's other large ensemble recordings, which include "Sunrise in the Tone World," "Mayor of Punkville," "Raincoat in the River," and "Double Sunrise Over Neptune." The first two segments of For Percy Heath are charged with positive ions resulting from the free exchange of intuitively guided improvisational ideas. The third movement includes passages suggestive of a collective rumination on ballad structure, while during the fourth and final portion of the ritual, Parker engages in arco flights of transformational intensity. Here the instrument is made to tell of its legacy, summoning visions of a boundless inheritance and a cosmic power capable of transcending conventional notions of what music is, why it is played, and why we listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/19/2006
Label:
Victo
UPC:
0777405010223
catalogNumber:
102
Rank:
109279

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

William Parker   Primary Artist
Roy Campbell   Trumpet
Lewis Barnes   Trumpet
Dave Hofstra   Tuba
Masahiko Kono   Trombone
Alex Lodico   Trombone
Steve Swell   Trombone
Andrew Baker   Drums
Sabir Mateen   Tenor Saxophone,Alto Clarinet
Charles Waters   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Darryl Foster   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Matt Lavelle   Trumpet
Larry O'Malley   Gravure

Technical Credits

William Parker   Composer
Mario Gauthier   Sound Recording
Larry O'Malley   Montage
Aidan MacCormack   Sound Recording

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