William Parker’s 10CD Set Reviewed

Source: The Quietusr.

The first thing you notice, of course, is the sheer scale of the thing. The box itself is slim, modest. But the ten discs and two booklets inside are, if not another world, then at least a series of windows onto one. Yet as soon as you start listening, what astounds isn’t the monumentality, but the music.

William Parker is many things: primarily a bassist (though skilled on multiple instruments), the New Yorker is also a composer and arranger of extensive experience and indelible repute. Poetry and activism are other vital parts of who he is and the work he does. All of these elements feed in to this sprawling, rich and utterly absorbing collection.