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Sound Unity [Digipak]

  • 1. Hawaii
    2. Wood Flute Song
    3. Poem for June Jordan
    4. Sound Unity
    5. Harlem
    6. Groove
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34

  • Credits
    ProducerWilliam Parker; Steven Joerg
    EngineerSimon Garber; Simon Garber; Mauro Pezzente; Sebastien Fournier

    William Parker (Bass): William Parker (bass guitar); Rob Brown (alto saxophone); Hamid Drake, Lewis Barnes.
    Personnel: Lewis Barnes (trumpet); Hamid Drake (drums).
    Liner Note Author: William Parker .
    Recording information: La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (06/27/2004/07/02/2004); Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Colu (06/27/2004/07/02/2004).
    SOUND UNITY (2005) is one of William Parker's finest recordings in a discography full of them. Flanked by exceptional musicians, including drummer Hamid Drake, trumpeter Lewis Barnes, and saxophonist Rob Brown, Parker delivers an album that demonstrates a great intensity of feeling and depth of lyricism. The lack of a piano creates an intriguing sonic dynamic, and the group interaction in and around that silence is uncanny. The tunes, all Parker originals, blend folk, Middle Eastern flavors, and classic free jazz gestures (the music is influenced by the free jazz of the late 1960s, but not slavishly so). In short, SOUND UNITY is a superb album, and comes highly recommended not only to Parker enthusiasts, but to jazz fans in general.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 - "The title track is a standout, long and ambitious, but simple grooves like 'Harlem' suit this group just as well. Nimble and innately listenable..."
    JazzTimes (p.100) - "Barnes and Brown make an engaging frontline pair, proficient in impromptu tandem movements as well as witty call and response."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]his increasingly celebrated group led by bassist Parker have an authentic, deep, rambunctious feel."
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