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

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What a wry name. These aren’t wood flute songs. Instead, this eight-CD live box is a magnificent document that captures one of jazz’s greatest, most prolific and most versatile bandleaders at the height of his powers, demonstrating a stunning range of creativity with a superb cast of musicians.

Wood Flute Songs is a showcase for bassist William Parker’s quartet, which features drummer Hamid Drake, alto saxophonist Rob Brown and trumpeter Lewis Barnes. The first four discs capture that quartet in concert, with two sets from a 2006 date at Yoshi’s in Oakland and two from a 2007 date at DiverseWorks in Houston. The other four discs expand the quartet (more on that later).

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