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William Parker “Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987”

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William Parker “Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987”

The music on these six discs comes from roughly the first decade of William Parker’s career, one of the most intensely creative periods enjoyed by any musician of any era. It’s safe to say that much of the music will come as a revelation to even his most devoted listeners.
Ed Hazell

William Parker - Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987

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DISC ONE

William Parker–Daniel Carter Duo

Daniel Carter (alto sax, trumpet); William Parker (bass)

William Parker Ensemble

  • 3. Commitment (21:38)

William Parker (bass); John Hagen (tenor sax); Arthur Williams (trumpet)



DISC TWO

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980

David S. Ware (tenor sax); William Parker (bass); Denis Charles (drums); with Patricia Nicholson (dance)



Willim Parker “Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987” - book cover

DISC THREE

William Parker–Charles Gayle Duo Charles Gayle (tenor sax); William Parker (bass)

Centering Dance Music Ensemble: Voices

  • 4. Angel Dance (5:50)
  • 5. Sincerity (6:39)
  • 6. In the Thicket (1:22)

Brenda Bakr (voice on 4); Ellen Christi (voice on 5); Brenda Bakr, Ellen Christi, and Lisa Sokolov (voices on 6); William Parker (bass); Rashid Bakr (drums)



DISC FOUR

Big Moon Ensemble

Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Daniel Carter (alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, cornet); Arthur Williams, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); William Parker (bass, recitation); Jay Oliver (bass); Denis Charles, Rashid Bakr (drums)



Willim Parker “Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987”

DISC FIVE

Centering Big Band (Extending the Clues)

Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Ricardo Strobert (alto sax, flute); David S. Ware (tenor sax); Charles Tyler (baritone sax); Raphe Malik, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); Alex Lodico, Masahiko Kono (trombone); William Parker (bass); Zen Matsuura (drums); Lisa Sokolov, Ellen Christi (voice)



DISC SIX

  • Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1976 (Dawn Voice)
  • 1. Illuminese/Voice (34:07)
  • 2. Falling Shadows (13:06)
  • 3. Dawn/Face Still, Hands Folded (30:52)

Rozanne Levine (clarinet); Malik Baraka, John Mingione (trumpet); Billy Bang, Ramsey Ameen (violin); William Parker (bass, recitation); Ellen Christi (voice); with Patricia Nicholson



NoBusiness Records 42-47, 2012. Limited editon of 1000 numbered boxes

Produced by William Parker and Danas Mikailionis
Co-producer: Valerij Anosov
Mastering: Arūnas Zujus at MAMAstudios
Essay and Interview: Ed Hazell
Package and Book Cover Design: Oskaras Anosovas
Book Layout: Jeff DiPerna, tabula rasa graphic design
Original artwork: ©Jeff Schlanger, musicWitness®

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