WILLIAM PARKER — For Those Who Are, Still

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Live album · 2015

Tracklist

For Fannie Lou Hamer + Vermeer
1-1 For Fannie Lou Hamer 28:00
1-2 Vermeer 7:09
1-3 Awash In The Midst Of An Angel's Tears 4:19
1-4 Essence 2:47
1-5 Flower Song - Take 2 6:48
1-6 Just Feel 0:57
1-7 Feet As Roses 3:36
1-8 Gongs For Deaf Dreams 3:19
1-9 Sweet Breeze 4:56
1-10 Flower Song - Take 1 6:59
Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks
2-1 Villages, Greetings And Prayer 15:36
2-2 Souls Have Fallen Like Rain 14:37
2-3 The Giraffe Dances 19:46
2-4 Tour Of The Flying Poem 5:53
2-5 Children Drawing Water From The Well 6:15
2-6 Where Do You Send The Poem 12:00
Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still
3-1 A Magical Figure Dances Barefoot In The Mud 4:51
3-2 Light Shimmering Across A Field Of Ice 2:28
3-3 Trees With Wings 5:10
3-4 Rise Up In Sound 7:57
3-5 Humble Serious 7:02
3-6 Tea Leaves Of Triple Sadness 4:48
3-7 Ritual 3:52
3-8 Winter 5:49
3-9 My Cup 3:42
3-10 Encore 4:16
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3-11 Escapade For Sonny 25:25

Line-up/Musicians

CD 1(track 1):
Todd Reynolds: violin
Shiau-Shu Yu: cello
JD Parran: various winds
Sam Furnace: various winds
Ravi Best: trumpet
Masahiko Kono: trombone
Kathleen Supové: piano
Nicki Parrot: bass
JT Lewis: drums
Jim Pugliese: percussion
featuring Leena Conquest: voice
Recorded live at The Kitchen, NYC on October 28, 2000.

CD 1 (tracks 2 to 10):
Leena Conquest: voice
Darryl Foster: soprano & tenor saxophone
Eri Yamamoto: piano
William Parker: bass, hocchiku
Recorded at The Gallery Recording Studio, Brooklyn on March 6, 2011

CD 2:
Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay: voice, electronic shruti box
Mola Sylla: voice, m’bira, ngoni
Bill Cole: double-reed instruments
Rob Brown: alto saxophone
Klaas Hekman: bass saxophone, flute
Cooper-Moore: piano
William Parker: bass
Hamid Drake: drums
Recorded January 2012 in Paris, France.

CD 3 (tracks 1 to 10):
NFM Symphony Orchestra, Jan Jakub Bokun: conductor with Soloists of NFM Choir and
Charles Gayle: tenor & soprano saxophone, piano
William Parker: bass, doson ngoni, bamboo flutes
Mike Reed: drums
Recorded in premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival, Wroclaw, Poland on November 15, 2013

CD 3 (track 11):
Charles Gayle: tenor saxophone
William Parker: bass
Mike Reed: drums
This trio improvisation preceded the premiere of Ceremonies..

About this release

AUM Fidelity AUM092/93/94(US)

Previously unissued music
Track 1-1: Recorded live at The Kitchen, NYC on October 28, 2000.
Tracks 1-2 to 1-10: Recorded at The Gallery Recording Studio, Brooklyn on March 6, 2011.
Tracks 2-1 to 2-6: Recorded January 2012 in Paris, France.
Tracks 3-1 to 3-10: Recorded in premiere performance at the Jazztopad Festival, Wroclaw, Poland on November 15, 2013.
Track 3-11: This trio improvisation preceded the premiere of Ceremonies..see tracks 3-1 to 3-10

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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snobb
Bassist William Parker is a living legend who started his musical career in early 70s playing with Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor among many others. During last five years he released series of collection of previously unissued recordings, coming from different time periods, but "For Those Who Are ,Still" is most probably most unusual of them all. In fact this 3CD-set contains most unorthodox music recorded by Parker in new Millennium and it doesn't look all that strange none of it has been released before.

Opener "For Fannie Lou Hamer" is 28-minutes long composition,recorded live in 2000 (all other albums music has been recorded between 2011 and 2013). Ten-piece combo with strings plays chamber composition with Leena Conquest soprano vocals and some recitatives,which represents William Parker as composer (he doesn't play here at all). Rest of the CD 1 contains studio recordings of same vocalist but in support of Parker-led acoustic drumless trio (and recorded eleven years later). It still sound a bit chamber, but much freer and minimalist comparing with earlier orchestrated version.Leena's vocals recalls Swiss vocalist Irene Aebi singing,known from some Steve Lacy albums.

Second set's CD "Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks" is world music ecstatic mix containing two traditional Indian singers singing against avant-garde jazz sextet,playing drones and ritual chants seriously reworked in modern creative jazz manner. Even with such heavyweights as pianist Cooper-Moore and percussionist Hamid Drake (besides of Parker on bass)second CD often sounds more as contemporary experiments with Indian traditional music than as jazz.

Third and last CD contains "Ceremonies For Those Who Are Still" - ten-piece suite recorded live in Poland by Parker-led trio (with sax player Charles Gayle and drummer Mike Reed)with local symphonic orchestra and choir. This part sounds quite a lot as chamber music spiced by jazz trio's inserts here and there. As set's opener,all other compositions till this place are all Parkers's originals.

Set closes with 25-minutes long free jazz trio's improvisation (actually recorded by above mentioned Parker-Gayle-Reed trio right before above suite during same concert in Poland). In fact,"Escapade For Sonny"(set's closer title)is the only true jazz song on all release, and it sounds great but too predictable comparing with all what sounded right before.

"For Those Who Are, Still" is a long album, and music presented here is very different and as rule quite unorthodox even for William Parker fans. Still for those interested in modern searches rooted in advanced jazz and all open ears listeners this is a perfect release, one of the best among jazz and jazz related music albums,released this year.

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