William Parker Interview

Source: The Quietus.

And then there’s William Parker – the New York-based bassist, composer, poet, band-leader and free-jazz icon – who gained prominence working with Cecil Taylor during the 1980s and 1990s, and has gone on to produce one of the most extensive and eclectic discographies in 20th and 21st century music. He began 2021 with the release, on his own Centering Records label, of Migration Of Silence Into And Out Of The Tone World Volumes 1-10, a massive 10-disc set of work recorded between November 2018 and February 2020, which finds him collaborating with an extended cast of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists on a series of investigations of weighty issues and strident themes. It’s urgent and political, beautiful and compelling, lyrical and haunting in equal measure – no two discs are alike, yet the whole thing is unified by Parker’s creative vision, and by the shared joy he and his fellow musicians audibly bring to the task of mapping his idiosyncratic pathways through some vast and largely unexplored creative territories.