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William Parker 8-CD Box Set Due Nov. 12

Collection houses all previously unissued recordings

William Parker

AUM Fidelity will release, on Nov. 12, Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012, an eight-CD box set of previously unissued multi-track concert recordings by bassist-composer-bandleader William Parker. More than half of the compositions will make their debut on record, including three discs featuring entirely new work. The box will contain nine hours of music, and a 24-page booklet with extensive notes and key images. Parker was a 2013 recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Artist Award.

According to a press release, “At the center of Wood Flute Songs is the 13-years-long-standing William Parker Quartet, featuring drummer Hamid Drake, alto saxophonist Rob Brown and trumpeter Lewis Barnes. These four musicians appear on each album, in both core and expanded form together with special guests Billy Bang, Bobby Bradford, James Spaulding, Cooper-Moore, Eri Yamamoto, Leena Conquest and members of the Association for the Encouragement of Improvised Music (AMR), based in Geneva, Switzerland.”

Parker first assembled the Quartet in May 2000, for the recording of the album O’Neal’s Porch. Each of the concerts/albums presented together in the Wood Flute Songs physical box set will be released digitally as individual album downloads on November 12 as well:

William Parker Quartet-Live at Yoshi’s 2006 (Oakland, CA)

William Parker Quartet-Live in Houston 2007 (Houston, TX)

William Parker Septet-Light Cottage Draped in a Curtain of Blues (NYC, Vision Festival 2009)

William Parker AMR Ensemble-Creation (Geneva, Switzerland, AMR Jazz Festival 2011)

William Parker/Raining on the Moon-Friday Afternoon (Montreal, QC, Suoni Per il Popolo 2012)

William Parker/In Order to Survive-Kalaparusha on the Edge of the Horizon (NYC, Vision Festival 2012)

Parker will also be hosting a weeklong residency at the Stone, NYC, October 8-12.

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