WILLIAM PARKER ..New World Order b/w Soledad ..AUM114-DS
A Vital Single Release!
This is William Parker's first single in almost 50 years of creating profound Music, and close to 100 Albums as a leader or co-leader.
"What has become increasingly apparent in recent years is William Parker’s stature as a visionary of sound and song – an artist of melody and poetry who works beyond category, to use the Ellingtonian phrase." That line was written for Parker’s forthcoming – and all new – 10CD box set, due in January 2021. This digital single presents a pair of earlier examples.
The original composition and William Parker’s renewed creation of it are both timeless, and there certainly is no better time than Now! for this music & its message to be heard. The phrase ‘New World Order’ has been used often over the last 100 years by various nation-leading men of great power seeking more of the same. More misery for the multitudes has been the common result of all those grandiose thoughts. The very different vision voiced herein originated through Curtis Mayfield, and is among the great soul composer’s last works. It was featured as the title track of his final album, his vocals painstakingly recorded one line at a time – "you must be merciful my friend, to attain the same."
Parker’s vital re-arrangement of “New World Order”, with a reggae lilt made prominent, was presented at the premier performance of his illuminated Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield project [at Banlieues Bleues Festival, March 2001]. The recording features piano, bass, drums & balafon, and the incomparable voice of Leena Conquest together with a chorus of 90 children from the suburbs of Paris, where many immigrant families resided then, and might still now. This track is included on the essential compendium, I Plan To Stay A Believer.
Because every single needs a B-side (even in digital format!) we decided to go double A on this one.
"Soledad" is also a timeless composition (by William Parker) & performance thereof (by his Raining On The Moon Quintet).
William Parker / Hamid Drake / Rob Brown / Lewis Barnes / Eri Yamamoto and singing the words nonpariel once again, Ms. Leena Conquest.
This is taken from the masterwork album, Corn Meal Dance, of which the Sunday Times of London wrote, “In suggesting an alternate past, where Nina Simone jammed with John Coltrane, Parker finds another future.”
This single was released/made available on all digital platforms