William Parker

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A major bassist and bandleader, William Parker has been one of the leaders on his instrument in the avant-garde since the 1970s. He was born in the Bronx in 1952. Parker studied along the way with Jimmy Garrison, Richard Davis and Wilbur Ware but from the start developed his own high-energy style which included expertise with the bow and the ability to play freely but with a great deal of forward momentum. Early in his career, Parker played with Cecil Taylor, an association that has continued on an occasional basis since the early 1970s. Parker led his first album in 1979, worked frequently with Taylor in the 1980s, and in the ‘90s worked much more as a leader. Among his most significant associations of the past 20 years have been David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown, Peter Brotzmann, Frank Lowe, Bill Dixon, Charles Gayle, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, Billy Bang, Fred Anderson, Rashied Ali, Perry Robinson and Mat Maneri. As a leader, Parker has headed the big band The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, the since-disbanded In Order To Survive and the co-op quartet Other Dimensions In Music. He has appeared at many music festivals, was one of the founders of the Improvisers Collective and organizes the Vision Festival in NYC with his wife, dancer Patricia Nicholson. Whether featured in a stirring quartet with drummer Hamid Drake or leading an all-star group through his compositions, William Parker has been one of the most significant forces in moving advanced jazz into the 21st century.

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01/15/14    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012
William Parker

01/12/13    Albums    By Britt Robson

William Parker Orchestra
Essence of Ellington: Live

09/29/12    Albums    By Shaun Brady

Altitude
Joe Morris/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver

07/29/12    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

The Gowanus Sessions
Thollem/Parker/Cline

06/20/12    Concerts    By Evan Haga

Vision Festival Coverage 2012

08/18/11    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Knives From Heaven
Knives From Heaven

08/12/11    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Out of This World’s Distortions
Farmers by Nature

07/22/11    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Planetary Unknown
David S. Ware/Cooper-More/William Parker/Muhmmad Ali

05/18/10    Artist Profiles    By Lyn Horton

William Parker and Hamid Drake: Heart and Soul

01/05/10    Albums    By Lyn Horton

Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo
Joe McPhee/Roy Campbell/William Parker/Warren Smith

01/05/10    Albums    By Lyn Horton

Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo
Joe McPhee/Roy Campbell/William Parker/Warren Smith

April 2009    JT Notes    By Jeff Tamarkin

Notes From Underground

April 2009    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Low-End Cyclone

March 2009    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

The Dance Project
Cecil Taylor/William Parker/Masashi Harada

December 2008    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Petit Oiseau
William Parker Quartet

November 2008    Albums    By Brent Burton

Double Sunrise Over Neptune
William Parker

06/26/08    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Kidd Jordan at the Vision Festival

04/04/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Vossa Jazz

November 2007    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Corn Meal Dance
William Parker/Raining On The Moon

July/August 2007    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Summer Snow, Volume 2
William Parker & Hamid Drake

06/26/07    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Vision Festival

11/14/06    By Bill Milkowski

September 2006    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Palm of Soul
Kidd Jordan/Hamid Drake/William Parker

September 2006    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Palm of Soul
Kidd Jordan/Hamid Drake/William Parker

May 2006    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Long Hidden: The Olmec Series
William Parker

May 2006    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Long Hidden: The Olmec Series
William Parker

December 2005    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Vision Vol. 3
Various Artists

November 2005    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Blue Winter
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, William Parker

November 2005    Albums    By Chris Kelsey

Blue Winter
Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, William Parker

July/August 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Sound Unity
William Parker Quartet

July/August 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Sound Unity
William Parker Quartet

06/21/05    Concerts    By David R. Adler

Vision Festival 2005

April 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Luc's Lantern
William Parker

April 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Luc's Lantern
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April 2005    Features    By Tad Hendrickson

William Parker: The Shaman

03/01/04    Concerts    By Tad Hendrickson

Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

December 2003    Countercurrents    By Bill Shoemaker

Songs for a Suffering World
David Budbill/William Parker/Hamid Drake

December 2003    Countercurrents    By Bill Shoemaker

The All-Star Game
Marshall Allen/Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Alan Silva

December 2003    Grooves    By John Murph

Blue Series Continuum: GoodandEvil Sessions
GoodandEvil

11/11/03    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

JazzFest Berlin 2003

November 2003    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Scrapbook
William Parker Violin Trio

September 2003    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Never Too Late but Always Too Early
Peter Brötzmann/William Parker/Hamid Drake

May 2003    Countercurrents    By Aaron Steinberg

Eloping With the Sun
William Parker/Joe Morris/Hamid Drake

July/August 2002    Albums    By John Murph

Song Cycle
William Parker

June 2002    Albums    By John Murph

Remixes
Phil Ranelin

05/22/02    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2002

November 2001    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Piercing the Veil
William Parker/Hamid Drake

November 2001    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

O'Neal's Porch
William Parker Quartet

June 2001    News    By Michelle Mercer

William Parker On Curtis Mayfield

December 2000    Albums    By Harvey Pekar

The Milwaukee Tapes Vol. 1
Fred Anderson

November 2000    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Mayor of Punkville
William Parker and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

November 2000    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Painter's Spring

April 2000    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

Posium Pendasem
William Parker/ In Order to Survive

April 1999    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

The Peach Orchard
William Parker and In Order to Survive

January/February 1999    Albums    By Duck Baker

Bendito of Santa Cruz
Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp

April 1998    Albums    By Bret Primack

Invisible Weave
Joe Morris and William Parker

January/February 1998    Albums    By Fred Bouchard

Sunrise In The Tone World
William Parker with The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

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The Peach Orchard

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Lifting the Sanctions

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Through the Acceptance of the Mystery Peace

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Sunrise In The Tone World

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Posium Pendasem

FMP/Free Music Production
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Mayor of Punkville

AUM Fidelity
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O'Neal's Porch

Centering
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Piercing the Veil

AUM Fidelity
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Song Cycle

Boxholder Records

Bob's Pink Cadillac

Eremite Records

And William Danced

Ayler Records
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Raining on the Moon

Raincoat in the River

Eremite Records
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Eloping With the Sun

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Scrapbook

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Luc's Lantern

Luc's Lantern

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Sound Unity

AUM Fidelity
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Two Masters: Live at the Prism

Boxholder Records
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Blue Winter

Eremite Records

Scrambler

Not Two
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Long Hidden: The Olmec Series

AUM Fidelity
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Palm of Soul

AUM Fidelity
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Songs for a Suffering World

Boxholder Records
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Black Cherry

AUM Fidelity
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The All-Star Game

Eremite Records
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Never Too Late but Always Too Early

Eremite Records
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Corn Meal Dance

AUM Fidelity
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Summer Snow, Volume 2

AUM Fidelity
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Blue Series Continuum: GoodandEvil Sessions

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The Victoriaville Tape

VICTO
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2 Days in April

Eremite Records
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Painter's Spring

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Live

J Curve Sabroso
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Double Sunrise Over Neptune

AUM Fidelity
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Petit Oiseau

AUM Fidelity
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Invisible Weave

No More Records
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The Dance Project

FMP/Free Music Production
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Tribute to Albert Ayler: Live at the Dynamo

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Planetary Unknown

AUM Fidelity
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Out of This World’s Distortions

AUM Fidelity
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Knives From Heaven

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