(deluxe 6-panel digipak)
Composed & produced by William Parker
Lisa Sokolov : voice
Cooper-Moore : piano
Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez : cello on Invocation
1 .Footnote to a Dream (for Miguel Piñero) .(2:27)
2 .The End of the World .(1:23)
3 .Hero's Song .(1:13)
4 .Beloved Soul .(2:44) (MP3 Excerpt)
5 .The Death of Death .(4:32)
6 .Eternal (for Ornette Coleman). (6:25) (MP3 Excerpt)
7 .Norway .(0:24)
8 .Soul in Heaven (for Butch Morris) .(3:34) (MP3 Excerpt)
9. When a Sound Dances .(0:31)
10 .Mahalia .(2:53)
11. Autumn Song .(2:00) (MP3 Excerpt)
12. All Love .(5:02) (MP3 Excerpt)
13. The Greatest Revolutionary .(2:41)
14. For Jeanne Lee .(2:48)
15. Poem for June Jordan .(3:16) (MP3 Excerpt)
16. Prayer .(3:19)
17. Invocation (for David S. Ware) .(5:26)
18. Angel's Tear .(2:13)
19. Light .(0:51) (MP3 Excerpt)
All compositions (words & music) by William Parker,
© Centering Music (BMI)
Produced by William Parker
Recorded & mixed by Jim Clouse at Park West Studio,
Brooklyn, NY in March 2015
* Also see below for another item of interest..
Stan’s Hat Flapping In The Wind presents work from one of the jazz avant-garde’s most essential individuals presented in one of the most traditional of forms. 19 new songs composed by William Parker, and performed by singer Lisa Sokolov & pianist Cooper–Moore. Parker is – among his many great talents – a master of evocative song-craft, as readily evidenced on Corn Meal Dance, and the very recently released Great Spirit, by his Raining On The Moon ensemble. The compositions and performances here are, as ever, illuminated with Parker’s devotion to compassion for all life. They touch on the possibility of peace and truth prevailing in the present.
Lisa Sokolov is a jazz vocalist, improviser and composer known for her pioneering range of tone, timbre and expression. Parker has worked with her for over 35 years in many situations. As he writes in the liner notes to this release, “Lisa is a master of music healing, interpretation and vocal creativity. I don’t know of any other singer who puts as much love and dedication into singing.” One of her own releases, “Presence”, received a 5-Star “Masterpiece” review in DownBeat, and their January 2010 issue cited the album as one of the Best CDs of the Decade. Sokolov is currently a full arts professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and is recognized in the music therapy world as an innovator in the applications of the voice to human potential.
Cooper–Moore is another rightly acclaimed great in the realm of avant-garde jazz, though he has an incredibly rich history in all manner of performance. He, too, has worked with Parker for many decades, including within his free-jazz supergroup, In Order To Survive. He was also fully featured on Parker’s recent 3CD box set, For Those Who Are, Still. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, storyteller, instrument-builder and educator living in East Harlem, Cooper-Moore's approach to music goes beyond simple categorization. Though what he is working on now is informed by Creative Improvised Music and the jazz avant-garde, his ears are rooted in the Gospel, Blues and Bluegrass traditions from where he came, rural segregated Virginia.
Stan’s Hat Flapping In The Wind is also the name of a musical that William Parker has been writing since 1994. To date he has composed over sixty songs for the production. In this musical, the principal characters – through tribulations and exposure to the magic of all life around them – begin to learn the art of living and the systems of sacred music. On this new studio recording, 19 of these songs are presented. All of them are connected in that they all reflect on the mysteries of death and life. Many of Parker’s touchstone subject matters abound: compassion for all living things, the magic of sound, the revolutionary nature of flowers, and deeply affecting dedications and invocations to enlightened spirits who have departed.
Stan’s Hat.. is released on William Parker's Centering Records imprint; distributed by AUM Fidelity.
* including notice of this here too so that you do not miss it.. (published in same season)
Another small batch in of this most recent self-published collection of illuminated writings by William Parker.
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