William Parker Book Reviewed

Source: London Jazz News.

The free jazz and improvised music scenes in Europe, including UK, are so strong that it is sometimes easy to neglect the fact that the movement into freedom in jazz began in the USA with Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane’s late recordings. It can also be easy to overlook quite how alive and well the tradition is in New York and other US cities today, not least because it tends to fall beneath the radar of the music press. Universal Tonality, a new biography of bass player, composer and community leader William Parker by Cisco Bradley, seeks to redress this by giving the broader context, and also a comprehensive summary of Parker’s career and role today.