A tangle of connections fosters the bounty of William Parker’s career. The bassist—who’s released a 10-album set called Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World that features more than a dozen musicians—is New York’s free-jazz caretaker, a performer who frequently forges symbiosis on and off the bandstand. And he’s been doing it for almost 50 years.
“It’s the sound community of William Parker,” said vocalist Lisa Sokolov, who first met the bassist in the mid-1970s and appears on the Aum Fidelity box set. “If it wasn’t for William, a whole lot of us would be in really sad shape.