VOICE - 2005 Jazz Year-End Top Albums
Sound Unity - #1
"Balance and teamwork distinguish every album on this list, but
only a great bassist can hold your attention up against this much firepower
on trumpet, sax, and drums." - Tom Hull
FINAL NOTE - Top 10: 2005
bassist/composer/bandleader William Parkers multifarious talents,
it is in the most traditional of lineupsthe stripped-down, piano-less
quartetthat his true genius manifests itself. With a penchant
for catchy, swinging, post-bop melodies enlivened with exploratory free
jazz excursions, Parkers quartet is the most consistently rewarding
of his many projects, having developed a repartee that is nothing short
of stunning. Recorded live on tour, Sound Unitythe
much anticipated follow up to O'Neal's Porchexemplifies the
art of jazz improvisation at its most telepathic level, from a group that
will easily go down in the history books as revered as Miles Davis
second quintet or John Coltranes classic quartet." - Troy
[Doug Schulkind's Favorites of '05]
"When will the world recognize that William Parker is a genius? No
composer in jazz gets closer to the pumping heart of the music's lifeblood.
No bandleader and organizer is more selfless in the service of the collective
self-expression. Few instrumentalists are as versatile, or improvisors
as generous. Parker has performed on more than two hundred records, and
this latest, with his outrageously tight working quartet, is simply one
of his best."
VOICE - Jazz Consumer Guide (*PICK HIT*)
"..if you listen to this record four times, each time focusing
on a player, you'll hear four slightly distinct albums, each one coherent.
They did it." - Tom Hull
ABOUT JAZZ (West Coast Print Edition)
"These four create palpable magic from the bubbling cauldron of empathic
ensemble playing and daring solo work backed by masterful technical skill.
.. This generous live recording catches one of the premier bands working
today inspired and inspiring, making the sacred accessible, weaving sound
from the real." - Rex Butters
'4-Stars Review' : "Riveting, nimble and innately listenable, the
quartet never falters." - Jeff McCord
Editors' Picks: Best of 2005 - "What stands out on Sound
Unity is the almost telepathic interaction and bubbling conversation
between the four musicians."
".. irresistable and nourishing .. this is extroverted, vibrant front
porch music of the highest order." - Larry Cosentino
This wonderfully astute review
by Troy Collins just up now.
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