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..Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012.AAUM080–87

8CD Box Set: All previously unissued multi-track concert recordings; over half of the compositions also previously unreleased. Essentially: six impeccable new albums, released en masse in November 2013.



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This monumental collection was made available for download in the file format of your choice in May 2018. Included: the total work detailed here + expansive 26-page PDF booklet with total original artwork & liner notes.



William Parker
: bass+,
compositions (all CDs)
Hamid Drake: drums (all CDs)
Rob Brown: alto sax (all CDs)
Lewis Barnes: trumpet (all CDs)

Billy Bang
: violin (CD5)
Bobby Bradford: cornet (CD5)
James Spaulding: alto sax (CD5)

AMR Ensemble
Massimo Pinca: bass
Aina Rakotobe: baritone sax
Ernie Odoom: voice
Ludovic Lagana: trumpet
Philippe Ehinger: bass clarinet
Maurice Magnoni: soprano sax
Manu Gesseney: alto sax
Stéphane Métraux: tenor sax

Eri Yamamoto
: piano (CD7)

Leena Conquest: vocals (CD7)

: piano (CD8)

CD1 - Live at Yoshi’s 2006 (1st Set) - Quartet
1.  Tears For The Children Of Rwanda  (25:12)
2.  Petit Oiseau  (15:01)
3.  Groove #7  (14:19)
4.  Hopi Spirits  (14:44)

CD2 - Live at Yoshi’s 2006 (2nd Set) - Quartet
1.  Wood Flute Song  (21:14)
2.  Alphaville / Daughter’s Joy / The Golden Bell  (42:37)
3.  Malachi’s Mode  (11:47)

CD3 - Live in Houston 2007 (1st Set) - Quartet
1.  Groove #7  (11:14)
2.  Hawaii  (9:32)
3.  Broken Roofs / Green Paper  (12:57)
4.  Hamid’s Groove / Daughter’s Joy  (21:17)
5.  Malachi’s Mode  (7:00)
6.  Corn Meal Dance  (2:51)
7.  Corn Meal Dance [from Yoshi’s 2006]  (8:49)

CD4 - Live in Houston 2007 (2nd Set) - Quartet

1.  O’Neal’s Porch  (9:52)
2.  Red Desert  (9:15)
3.  Ojibway Song  (14:31)
4.  Sunrise In The Tone World  (6:25)
5.  The Square Sun  (7:12)
6.  Etchings  (9:39)
7.  Ascent Of The Big Spirit  (8:38)
8.  Moon [from Yoshi’s 2006]  (8:58)

CD5 - Light Cottage Draped In A Curtain Of Blues - Septet

with Billy Bang, Bobby Bradford, James Spaulding
(NYC, Vision Festival 2009)

1.  O’Neal’s Porch  (13:42)
2.  Daughter’s Joy  (11:35)
3.  Gilmore’s Hat  (7:14)
4.  Deep Flower / Ascent Of The Big Spirit  (17:11)
5.  Wood Flute Song  (6:10)
6.  Chicago [from AMR 2011]  (9:05)

CD6 - Creation - Ensemble
with AMR Ensemble (Geneva, AMR Jazz Festival 2011)
1.  Psalm For Billy Bang  (6:08)
2.  All I Want  (2:40)
3.  Earth In Pain  (19:03)
4.  Deep Flower  (22:46)
5.  Wood Flute Song   (18:55)
[Recording producer: Yvan Ischer & mixing engineer: Blaise Favre for RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. We did not receive their names in time to include with the print production of the box set. Thank You to Yvan and Blaise for their truly great work in capturing and mixing this phenomenal concert!]

CD7 - Friday Afternoon - Raining On The Moon
with Leena Conquest, Eri Yamamoto
(Montreal, Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival 2012)

1.  3+3 = Jackie McLean  (13:33)
2.  My Name Is Peace  (13:40)
3.  Late Man Of This Planet  (9:01)
4.  For Abbey Lincoln  (16:05)
5.  Boom Boom Bang Bang   (14:38)
6.  Sweet Breeze  (5:05)

CD8 - Kalaparusha On The Edge Of The Horizon - In Order To Survive
with Cooper-Moore (NYC, Vision Festival 2012)
1.  Aquixo Waiting At Dark Corridor (9:01)
2.  Falling  Promise  (9:30)
3.  Slipping Into The Light  (6:40)
4.  Shadows Arms Waving  (15:06)
5.  Theme For Rondo Hattan  (16:50)

All compositions by William Parker, © Centering Music (BMI)

Produced by William Parker and Steven Joerg
Mixed & Mastered by Petr Cancura [*except CD6
Mixed by Blaise Favre for RTS]
Box Set Design by Ming@AUM


"This 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." -JazzTimes (Editor's Pick)


"It's all utterly indispensable" -Jazzwise (UK)


Read the exemplary long-form review by Steve Holtje on CultureCatch.


jpeg of DownBeat 5-Star featured review

"5-Stars. This is a stellar set of recordings by a non-pareil group of musicians." -Jazz Journal (UK)

"This is a massive dose of intensely moving, raucously pleasurable music." -Burning Ambulance (2013 Top 10)

"I can't think of a more fulfilling display of invention, democracy and thrills in 2013. Bassist Parker is the brightly burning force in the middle of it all." -Denver Post (#1 Jazz Top 10 in 2013; also Best Box Sets of 2013)

"Parker is a muscular improviser and inexorable propulsive force, not only underlining his bandmates' melodic shapes but also driving ensembles like a drummer. [These are] beautiful live recordings." -Chicago Reader (Best Box Sets of 2013)

"Elegant box .. superb compositions .. magical and fiery .. tender .. this luxurious music emits a beautiful energy full of colors .. powerful and hypnotic grooves .. extraordinary voyage .. This monumental anthology demonstrates with power and conviction the grand fertile vitality of William Parker." -Jazzmagazine (France) (CHOC Review)

"William Parker is an astonishing bassist, composer, and bandleader, and this eight-CD boxed set of live concerts is a wonder." (The Best Jazz of 2013)

"Few bands in jazz swing harder in more ways than Parker's working band of the past 13 years. .. They don’t just play a tune, they inhabit it, they sink foundations in it and build homes, pave roads, plant crops. The music is their world." -Point of Departure (Lead Review)

"Wood Flute Songs is of exceptional quality and breadth; it belongs in the collection of every serious fan of new jazz." -AllMusic

If you speak the loving tongue, do read this very extensive & great overview of William Parker and Wood Flute Songs published in the national daily newspaper of Spain. Thank you writer Yahvé M. de la Cavada for taking the commensurate time. A lot of fine links therein, too.

NPR / Fresh Air -- listen to the stream of review by Kevin Whitehead.

AND -- a number of customers who purchased the box were compelled to write to us and proclaim their happiness. Thank you to all who did so. Cheers to Justin from LA who wrote, "exceeded my high expectations!" and to John from Toronto who wrote: "I'm really at a loss for words on this one. Yes, it's a box, the package and the art work are absolutely first rate. The disc sleeves have all the necessary information in clearly legible print. Each disc is filled with outstanding performances that deserve and demand repeated plays. Every time I think I've found a favourite portion or segment of sound, it changes the very next day when I listen to a different disc. This will probably continue to happen for some time. What remains constant is the outstanding musical output, both technically and spiritually, from all of these players. What else can I say. Given the sixty dollar price tag, you'd have to be crazy...or broke to pass this one up."

Wood Flute Songs: Anthology / Live 2006-2012
is an 8CD box set of all previously unissued recordings by world-renowned bassist-composer-bandleader William Parkera 2013 recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Artist Award.  Parker is a wonderfully prolific composer, and over half of the compositions make their beautiful debut on record here as well, including CDs 6, 7, 8 which feature entirely new work.  The deluxe 8CD box contains nine hours of fully lit performances captured in high fidelity, and a 24pg. booklet with extensive notes and key images.  It is published in a strictly limited edition of 1500 copies. It shall provide attuned listeners a lifetime of enduring pleasure & enlightenment.

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 & 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 this stunning Quartet in May 2000, for the recording of the album, O’Neal’s Porch. Originally released in January 2001 on his own Centering Records imprint, the album went on to be chosen among the best of the year by The New York Times, JazzTimes, DownBeat and AllAboutJazz.  This group has been a primary vehicle for Parker’s supreme talents as composer, bassist, and bandleader ever since, releasing five more widely acclaimed albums, and engendering joy and awe in concert audiences around the world.  The entire history of jazz music and more – inside out – is within their unified breath and at their collective fingertips.

* The Quartet display their far-ranging prowess in peak form over CDs 1–4 in stellar concerts at the original Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA (2006) and at DiverseWorks art space in Houston, TX (2007).  

CD5 presents the world premier/one-time exclusive performance together with guest masters Billy Bang (violin), Bobby Bradford (cornet), and James Spaulding (alto sax) at Vision Festival 2009.  

* In 2011, Parker was commissioned to write and arrange for large ensemble by the AMR Jazz Festival in Geneva, Switzerland; this extraordinary 12-member assembly is featured on CD6.  [ It was at this concert that Parker first worked with vocalist Ernie Odoom, who featured on 2012's Essence of Ellington set by the William Parker Orchestra ]. 

* Raining On The Moon includes Eri Yamamoto (piano) and Leena Conquest (vocals) and is the group configuration that most explicitly features Parker’s potent gift for songcraft; their luminous concert (CD7) at Montreal’s Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in 2012 also features all-new compositions and is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2007 release, Corn Meal Dance.  

* In Order To Survive was the principal Parker small ensemble prior to the Quartet.  Their 1998 release, The Peach Orchard, is a defining document of that era.  The re-introduction of pianist Cooper-Moore to the group makes it In Order To Survive anew.  An all-new suite of compositions were debuted in NYC at Vision Festival 2012, and that album is CD8.

Each of these concerts are astonishing new albums on their own.  The release / presentation of them all together here – with the depth, breadth, and vitality of compositions, arrangements, and musicality on such full display – is nothing short of monumental.


Previous words of praise on the work of William Parker Quartet+ :

“William Parker is one of the most important and creatively vital figures in jazz today, an era when the popular perception is that jazz was something that happened in the past. The New York-based bassist keeps finding new ways to move the form forward.” –Pitchfork

“These four create palpable magic from the bubbling cauldron of empathic ensemble playing and daring solo work backed by masterful technical skill. One of the premier bands working today, inspired and inspiring, making the sacred accessible.” –All About Jazz

“Parker’s quartet of longstanding collaborators, all of whom are at the top of their game, perform music that flowers into rich elaborate composition, all the while retaining the immediacy implied by the word tune.” –Jazzwise

“William Parker’s quartet may be the best working band in jazz today. No one ever simply marks time; there’s a stream of invention from each of the musicians that never lets up.” –Point of Departure

“The spirit is strong in this music; not just because the grooves are killing, but because the players are so well attuned to each other on multiple levels.” –NPR

“Hamid Drake, one of the best working drummers in any genre, thrives in frequent tandem with Mr. Parker; together, they weave webs of rhythm delicate as lace and durable as steel. This music celebrates free improvisation at its highest level, yet in accessible form. –Wall Street Journal

“The music is both fascinating and spiritually lifting; everybody works in tandem, and yet things fly off the shelf when Parker’s tight folk-jazz melodies evolve into all-out free exchanges. The poem-form stories burn images in the mind. .. beauty and tenderness arrive .. it sends shivers.” –Boston Globe

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