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Album One – William Parker Quartet
Album Two – In Order To Survive
All compositions by William Parker;
William Parker: bass
Recorded & mixed live by Michael Marciano
Meditation / Resurrection is a double-album presenting a bounty of beautiful new William Parker compositions performed by two of his flagship ensembles, the Quartet -&- In Order To Survive.
At the core of both groups is Parker’s foundational bass together with rhythm twin, drummer Hamid Drake. Their partnership–two decades deep now–is one of the great rhythm sections in recorded history. Alto saxophonist Rob Brown is likewise featured throughout. Brown is one of the all-time great improvisers on alto, and the springboard of Parker’s bands in which he has been perennially featured always brings out his best.
Pianist Cooper-Moore features on Album Two/CD2. He has been an exceptionally significant catalyst in the world of creative music for over 40 years. As William writes in the notes, “Cooper-Moore is one of the special people who speaks and plays from the heart all the time with power and grace." Cooper-Moore was the Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 2017 edition of the Vision Festival, NYC. In Order To Survive performed as part of this celebration on Monday, May 29, and will again – extensively – at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn on July 13 & 14!
Trumpeter Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson appears on album/CD1. Hailing from Oklahoma City, and a resident of Switzerland since 1994, he is a major figure in his own right as a composer of modern classical and world music, and is well-versed in the language of blues, jazz and improvisation. From the liner notes, “Jalalu is always able to transform any music situation into a magical experience.”
William Parker’s exceptional gift as a composer of beautiful melodies and infectious rhythms have long been intrinsic to his art, and it has always been on full display in the work of the quartets featured here. Being that these groups are among the highest caliber jazz bands of our time, Parker’s luminous compositions are brought to vibrant, ever-giving blossom.
= Meditation is the direction .. resurrection can be yours to grasp =
Packaged in deluxe 8-panel digipak adorned with artwork front & back by Lois Eby, and extensive & illuminating notes by William Parker on the music and more.