6 CD Box Set + Book
William Parker-Daniel Carter Duo. Tracklist: 1. Thulin (28:33) 2. Time and Period (25:51) Daniel Carter (alto sax, trumpet); William Parker (bass). Recorded by Donny Fury at his studio, 1980. William Parker Ensemble 3. Commitment (21:38) William Parker (bass); John Hagen (tenor sax); Arthur Williams (trumpet) Someplace Nice, New York, NY, August 1977. Recorded by Peter Kuhn.
Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980. Tracklist: 1. Facing the Sun, One is Never the Same (24:18) 2. One Day Understanding (Variation on a Theme by Albert Ayler) 3. Bass Interlude (1:55) 4. Tapestry (16:28) David S. Ware (tenor sax); William Parker (bass); Denis Charles with Patricia Nicholson (dance). Kiva, New York, NY, May 9, 1980. Recorded by Sinan Tertemez.
Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1980 (continued). Tracklist: 1. Rainbow Light (26:56) William Parker-Charles Gayle Duo 2. Crosses (Long Scarf Over Canal Street) (18:39) 3. Entrusted Spirit (Dedicated to Bilal Abdur Rahman). Charles Gayle (tenor sax); William Parker (bass) El Bohio, New York, NY, July 3, 1987. Centering Dance Music Ensemble: Voices 4. Angel Dance (5:50) 5. Sincerity (6:39) 6. In the Thicket (1:22) Brenda Bakr (voice on 4); Ellen Christi (voice on 5); Brenda Bakr, Ellen Christi, and Lisa Sokolov (voices on 6); William Parker (bass); Rashid Bakr (drums) Recorded circa 1980. Location unknown.
Big Moon Ensemble. Tracklist: 1. Dedication to Kenneth Patchen (24:59) 2. Hiroshima, Part One (16:30) 3. Hiroshima, Part Two (28:44) Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Daniel Carter (alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, cornet); Arthur Williams, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); William Parker (bass, recitation); Jay Oliver (bass); Denis Charles, Rashid Bakr (drums). Saint Marks Church, New York, NY, May 4,1979. Concert produced by Judy Rhodes. Recorded by Peter Kuhn.
Centering Big Band (Extending the Clues). Tracklist: 1. Ankti (Extending the Clues) (12:59) 2. Munyaovi (Cliff of the Porcupine) (14:46) 3. Palatala (Red Light of Sunrise) (4:35) 4. Lomahongva (Beautiful Clouds Arising) (29:10) 5. Tototo (Warrior Spirit Who Sings) (10:58). Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc (alto sax), Ricardo Strobert (alto sax, flute); David S. Ware (tenor sax); Charles Tyler (baritone sax); Raphe Malik, Roy Campbell, Jr. (trumpet); Alex Lodico, Masahiko Kono (trombone); William Parker (bass); Zen Matsuura (drums); Lisa Sokolov, Ellen Christi (voice) Kool Jazz Festival/Soundscape, I(rving Plaza, New York, NY, June 25,1984. Recorded by Kazunori Sugiyama
Centering Dance Music Ensemble 1976 (Dawn Voice). Tracklist: 1. Illuminese/Voice (34:07) 2. Falling Shadows (13:06) 3. Dawn/Face Still, Hands Folded (30:52). A dance section called “Prelude” preceded the music. Rozanne Levine (clarinet); Malik Baraka, John Mingione (trumpet); Billy Bang, Ramsey Ameen (violin); William Parker (bass, recitation); Ellen Christi (voice); with Patricia Nicholson (choreography, dance); Susan Kuhn, Leslie Levinson, Kenna Lile (dance) Washington Square Church, New York, NY, October 24,1976. Recorded by John Mingione.
Produced by William Parker and Danas Mikailionis. Co-producer: Valerij Anosov. Mastering: Arunas Zujus at MAMAstudios. Essay and Interview: Ed Hazell. Package and Book Cover Design: Oskaras Anosovas. Book Layout: Jeff DiPerna, tabula rasa graphic design. Original artwork: ©Jeff Schlanger, musicWitness*. Photos: pgs. 8,11,16, 25, 28,31,36, 47, 58, 65 ©Raymond Ross Archives/CTSIMAGES; pg. 33, courtesy of Tom Marcello; pg. 55 courtesy of Harley White, Sr.; pgs. 34, 63, 64 courtesy of Rozanne Levine; pgs. 12,15, 23, 27, 39, 40, 57 courtesy of William Parker. Printed in Lithuania by UAB “Garsu pasaulis”
Acknowledgments: The NoBusiness Records team expresses its gratitude to Ed Hazell, Jeff DiPerna, Jeff Schlanger, Ellen Christi, and the Raymond Ross Archives for their invaluable input in making this release possible. Thanks, also, to UAB “Garsy pasaulis” for their longstanding support. Ed Hazell wishes to thank Fred and Edie Alien, Ben Young, Kazunori Sugiyama, Rick Lopez, Rozanne Levine, Lisa Sokolov, Patricia Nicholson, Ellen Christi, and the Raymond Ross Archives. Special thanks to Jeff DiPerna for his obsessive attention to detail and sensitive book design; Michael Ehlers for bringing most of these sessions to my attention and for his ongoing inspiration and friendship; and Jeff Schlanger for generously sharing his art, memories, and insights. And most of all, thanks to William Parker for his music and his wisdom.