Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987

Featuring: William Parker | Daniel Carter | Charles Gayle | John Hagen | Arthur Williams | David S. Ware | Denis Charles | Rashid Bakr | Jemeel Moondoc | Roy Campbell | Jay Oliver | Ricardo Strobert | Charles Tyler | Raphe Malik | Alex Lodico | Masahiko Kono | Takeshi Zen Matsuura | Rozanne Levine | Malik Baraka | John Mingione | Billy Bang | Ramsey Ameen

Musicians on the recording

William Parker, Billy Bang, Charles Gayle, Daniel Carter, David S. Ware, Roy Campbell Jr., Denis Charles, Jemeel Moondoc and other musicians

Best boxed set of the year 2010 by All About Jazz

Recording track list

 DISC ONE

1. Thulin 28:33
2. Time and Period 25:51
3. Commitment 21:38

Track 1-2 - William Parker and Daniel Carter Duo

Daniel Carter – trumpet, alto saxophone
William Parker – bass

Track 3 - William Parker Ensemble

William Parker – bass
John Hagen – tenor saxophone
Arthur Williams – trumpet

 

DISC TWO

1. Facing the Sun, One is Never the Same 24:18
2. One Day Understanding (Variation on a Theme by Albert Ayler) 22:28
3. Bass Interlude 1:55
4. Tapestry 16:28

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980

David S. Ware – tenor saxophone
William Parker – bass
Denis Charles - drums
Patricia Nicholson – dance

 

DISC THREE

1. Rainbow Light 26:56
2. Crosses (Long Scarf Over Canal Street) 18:39
3. Entrusted Spirit (Dedicated to Bilal Abdur Rahman) 19:08
4. Angel Dance 5:50
5. Sincerity 6:39
6. In the Thicket 1:22

Track 1 - Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980 (continues)

David S. Ware – tenor saxophone
William Parker – bass
Denis Charles - drums
Patricia Nicholson – dance

Track 2-3 - William Parker and Charles Gayle Duo

William Parker – bass
Charles Gayle – tenor saxophone

Track 4-6 - Centering Dance Music Ensemble: Voices

Brenda Bakr - voice
Ellen Christi - voice
Lisa Sokolov - voice
William Parker - bass
Rashid Bakr - drums

 

DISC FOUR

1. Dedication to Kenneth Patchen 24:59
2. Hiroshima, Part One 16:30
3. Hiroshima, Part Two 28:44


Big Moon Ensemble

Jemeel Moondoc - alto saxophone
Daniel Carter - alto and tenor saxophones, trumpet, cornet
Arthur Williams - trumpet
Roy Campbell Jr. - trumpet
William Parker - bass, recitation
Jay Oliver -  bass
Denis Charles - drums
Rashid Bakr - drums

 

DISC FIVE

1. Ankti (Extending the Clues) 12:59
2. Munyaovi (Cliff of the Porcupine) 14:46
3. Palatala (Red Light of Sunrise) 4:35
4. Lomahongva (Beautiful Clouds Arising) 29:10
5. Tototo (Warrior Spirit Who Sings) 10:58


Centering Big Band (Extending the Clues)

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

 

DISC SIX

1. Illuminese / Voice 34:07
2. Falling Shadows 13:06
3. Dawn/Face Still, Hands Folded 30:52

 

Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1976 (Dawn Voice)

Rozanne Levine - clarinet
Malik Baraka, John Mingione - trumpet
Billy Bang, Ramsey Ameen - violin
William Parker - bass, recitation
Ellen Christi - voice
Patricia Nicholson - dance

 

NoBusiness Records NBCD 42-47
Release year - 2012
Edition of 1000 copies

Credits and release info

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. This box set contains a book full of rare photos, essay and interview written by Ed Hazell

 

  • 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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Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 - Jemeel Moondoc

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