"Great" is a word I have consciously avoided using on many occasions to describe music or musicians...the more you use it, the more undervalued it becomes; this is an exception...this is one great quartet; this music might even change your life.
William Parker – double-bass
Rob Brown – alto saxophone
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Hamid Drake – drums
Claiming that somebody is a living legend is a paradox because it presents a concluded history, as it were. William Parker has helped create the history of free jazz and the language of the avant-garde. Therefore, he is a legend, but a legend focused on Today, on what he can still give to the world. His message is intertwined with fundamental values of Sufi philosophy: beauty, harmony, love, freedom, intuition, meditation and exploration. What William Parker brought to Wrocław was the music of excellent interaction revealing the quartet’s intuitive performance. In a friendly atmosphere at a rather small, timbered venue fully packed with almost 400 people, four concentrated musicians, each at the height of their abilities, created an uninterrupted stream of ecstatically flowing sounds. The duet of William Parker and Hamid Drake resembled a perpetual motion machine the essence of which was the pure, pulsing groove rhythmically strumming the invisible strings of primordial beauty. In between the two, Bob Brown and Lewis Barnes were weaving their ever tense narration reminiscent of the Ornette Coleman Quartet.
released April 1, 2013
All tunes composed by William Parker
Recorded live June 23th, 2012 at Centrum Kultury AGORA
in Wrocław (Poland)
Recording, mix & master: Michał Kupicz
Cover photo: Wiesław Jurewicz
Other photos: Krzysztof Machowina
Translations: Małgorzata Pawlikowska (except “Let the Music Fly!”)
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1st edition. Previously unissued.
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