William Parker’s O’Neal’s Porch at 20 

Source: burning ambulance.

Bassist William Parker had already been a key figure on the New York jazz scene for close to 30 years in 2001. His first record date was in March 1973, on saxophonist Frank Lowe‘s Black Beings. (An additional 40 minutes of music from the same concert would be released as The Loweski in 2012.) He was also a member of alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc‘s group Muntu. Soon, he seemed to be everywhere, working with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Gayle, Peter Brötzmann… He’d been making his own music since the beginning of his career, too, of course; his first album, 1981’s Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace, included a track dating back to 1974. In the 1990s, he released CDs with his quartet In Order to Survive and the much larger Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. But as the new century began, he formed a new group which would change his music radically.