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December 5, 2013 With six concerts spread over eight discs, Wood Flute Songs documents the bassist's exhaustive and creative live output.
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October 14, 2008 The third album from the William Parker Quartet is named Petit Oiseau, after a character in a poem written by Parker. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead assesses whether the album — whose French title translates to "Little Bird" — takes flight.
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June 1, 2000 The Village Voice calls him, "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time." Another critic likens Parker to Mister Rogers. A fierce player with a gentle personality, Parker made a name on the N.Y.C. jazz scene in the 1980's playing with pianist Cecil Taylor. He's gone on to perform and record with Don Cherry and Roscoe Mitchell. In addition to a recent solo bass record (Lifting the Sanctions No More Records No. 6), Parker has just released a new CD with his Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra (Mayor of Punkville AUM Fidelity AUM 15/16). Karen Michel has a profile.
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