Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006–2012

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 marks the second box set of unissued material by bassist William Parker in two years. The first, Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings, 1976-1987, was released by Lithuania's NoBusiness label in 2012. Juxtaposing the two is compelling because even with all the intervening years unaccounted for, one can hear the continuity of Parker's creative sonic language (he is also a fine poet and cultural theorist). This eight-disc set from AUM Fidelity compiles live concerts in a variety of group contexts, from quartet sides to a 12-piece ensemble. The core of each group, however, is the band that Parker assembled to perform his works in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 marks the second box set of unissued material by bassist William Parker in two years. The first, Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings, 1976-1987, was released by Lithuania's NoBusiness label in 2012. Juxtaposing the two is compelling because even with all the intervening years unaccounted for, one can hear the continuity of Parker's creative sonic language (he is also a fine poet and cultural theorist). This eight-disc set from AUM Fidelity compiles live concerts in a variety of group contexts, from quartet sides to a 12-piece ensemble. The core of each group, however, is the band that Parker assembled to perform his works in 2000, featuring saxophonist Rob Brown, drummer Hamid Drake, and trumpeter Lewis Barnes. The first four discs portray two sets each at Yoshi's in 2006 and at Houston's DiverseWorks in 2007. Taken separately and together, they reveal these men not only understand Parker's vision, but are capable of making a living, multi-dimensional entity. As a band they elevate the work beyond the conceptual. Each of these sets is breathtaking in scope. Highlights include "Tears for the Children of Rwanda" on disc one, the "Alphaville" suite on disc two, "Hawaii" on disc three, and "O'Neal's Porch" and "Ojibway Song" on disc four. Disc five, recorded at the Vision Festival in 2009, is a septet with Billy Bang, James Spaulding, and Bobby Bradford. The expanded reading of "O'Neal's Porch," by this group, and the sprawling "Deep Flower/Ascent of the Big Spirit" medley are awe inspiring -- even when the thread gets dropped. The Raining on the Moon sextet was recorded in Montreal. Vocalist Leena Conquest delivers Parker's songs with deep soul, as pianist Eri Yamamoto adds a grounded sense of groove and painterly textures to the horns and rhythm section. The tunes "3 + 3 = Jackie McLean," "Late Man Of This Planet," and closer "Sweet Breeze" reveal Parker's gift as a lyricist, and the ability of this band to serve a song, without compromising improvisational force. The large-ensemble disc was recorded in Switzerland; it may take more than one listen to fully appreciate, but there is no mistaking the beauty in the myriad shapes and colors in "Wood Flute Song" and "Earth in Pain." Parker's quartet, augmented by pianist Cooper-Moore, is captured in full flight on the final disc. "Slipping into Light," "Falling Promise," and "Theme for Rondo Hattan" showcase how easily the pianist -- long an associate and collaborator -- integrates seamlessly in this elevated soundworld. Wood Flute Songs is of exceptional quality and breadth even in its more difficult moments; it belongs the collection of every serious fan of new jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2013
  • Label: Aum Fidelity
  • UPC: 642623308028
  • Catalog Number: 80

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tears for the Children of Rwanda - William Parker Quartet (25:11)
  2. 2 Petit Oiseau - William Parker Quartet (15:01)
  3. 3 Groove #7 - William Parker Quartet (14:19)
  4. 4 Hopi Spirits - William Parker Quartet (14:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Wood Flute Song - William Parker Quartet (21:14)
  2. 2 Alphaville/Daughter's Joy/The Golden Bell - William Parker Quartet (42:36)
  3. 3 Malachi's Mode - William Parker Quartet (11:50)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Groove #7 - William Parker Quartet (11:13)
  2. 2 Hawaii - William Parker Quartet (9:32)
  3. 3 Broken Roofs/Green Paper - William Parker Quartet (12:57)
  4. 4 Hamid's Groove/Daughter's Joy - William Parker Quartet (21:17)
  5. 5 Malachi's Mode - William Parker Quartet (7:00)
  6. 6 Corn Meal Dance - William Parker Quartet (2:54)
  7. 7 Corn Meal Dance - William Parker Quartet (8:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 O'Neal's Porch - William Parker Quartet (9:51)
  2. 2 Red Desert - William Parker Quartet (9:15)
  3. 3 Ojibway Song - William Parker Quartet (14:31)
  4. 4 Sunrise in the Tone World - William Parker Quartet (6:24)
  5. 5 The Square Sun - William Parker Quartet (7:11)
  6. 6 Etchings - William Parker Quartet (9:39)
  7. 7 Ascent of the Big Spirit - William Parker Quartet (8:36)
  8. 8 Moon - William Parker Quartet (9:01)
Disc 5
  1. 1 O'Neal's Porch - William Parker Septet (13:41)
  2. 2 Daughter's Joy - William Parker Septet (11:34)
  3. 3 Gilmore's Hat - William Parker Septet (7:13)
  4. 4 Deep Flower/Ascent of the Big Spirit - William Parker Septet (17:10)
  5. 5 Wood Flute Song - William Parker Septet (6:13)
  6. 6 Chicago - William Parker Septet (9:06)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Psalm for Billy Bang - William Parker Creation Ensemble (5:58)
  2. 2 All I Want - William Parker Creation Ensemble (2:39)
  3. 3 Earth in Pain - William Parker Creation Ensemble (19:03)
  4. 4 Deep Flower - William Parker Creation Ensemble (22:44)
  5. 5 Wood Flute Song - William Parker Creation Ensemble (19:00)
Disc 7
  1. 1 3 + 3 = Jackie McLean - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (13:31)
  2. 2 My Name Is Peace - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (13:38)
  3. 3 Late Man of This Planet - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (9:02)
  4. 4 For Abbey Lincoln - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (16:07)
  5. 5 Boom Boom Bang Bang - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (14:40)
  6. 6 Sweet Breeze - William Parker's Raining on the Moon (5:05)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Aquixo Waiting at Dark Corridor - In Order to Survive (9:00)
  2. 2 Falling Promise - In Order to Survive (9:30)
  3. 3 Slipping into the Light - In Order to Survive (6:40)
  4. 4 Shadows Arms Waving - In Order to Survive (15:06)
  5. 5 Theme for Rondo Hattan - In Order to Survive (16:49)
  6. 6 Prayer-Improv - In Order to Survive (5:52)
  7. 7 Great Spirit - In Order to Survive (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
William Parker Primary Artist, Bass, Shakuhachi, Double Reeds
Bobby Bradford Cornet
James Spaulding Alto Saxophone
Billy Bang Violin
Lewis Barnes Trumpet
Hamid Drake Drums
Maurice Magnoni Soprano Saxophone
Rob Brown Alto Saxophone
Leena Conquest Vocals
Cooper Moore Piano
Philippe Ehinger Bass Clarinet
Ernie Odoom Vocals
Eri Yamamoto Piano
Stéphane Metraux Tenor Saxophone
Massimo Pinca Bass
Manu Gesseney Alto Saxophone
Ludovic Lagana Trumpet
Aina Rakotobe Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
William Parker Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Direction
Hamid Drake Composer
Joe Marciano Engineer
Michael Marciano Mastering
Shannon Smith Engineer
Jeff Schlanger Artwork
Steven Joerg Producer, Liner Notes
Stephen Schmidt Engineer
Petr Cancura Mastering
Ryan Edwards Engineer
Andrew Noto Engineer
Ryan Peterson Engineer
Jeff Wilson Engineer
Woramon Jamjod Engineer
Lois Eby Artwork
Lee Breyfogle Engineer
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