William Parker opens his latest album, Double Sunrise Over Neptune, with an ascending six-note bassline that’s reminiscent of the melody from John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. The motif, played throughout the 15-minute opener, “Morning Mantra,” might not seem all that important, especially given all of the improvisational currents flowing around it. But to listeners familiar with Parker’s leadership role in the free-jazz underground, the bassline is a signal that, no, Double Sunrise is not your typical anarchic jam session. And thank Neptune for that.
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