Zappa to Earn Lifetime Achievement Award

The Jammys / Green Apple Music Festival will award Zappa.


New William Parker Coming on Aum Fidelity

Parker’s Long Hidden will be released March 28 on Aum Fidelity.

RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2006

William Parker solo: bass, 8-string doson ngoni
The Olmec Group:
William Parker ­ 6-string doson ngoni, percussion
Todd Nicholson ­ bass
Dave Sewelson ­ baritone sax, alto sax
Omar Payano ­ congo, güiro, voice
Gabriel Nunez ­ timbale, bongos
Luis Ramierez ­ accordion
Isaiah Parker ­ alto sax

William Parker¹s new album, Long Hidden: The Olmec Series, explores and expands on the ancient DNA/cultural codex that connects Africa to The Americas – reflecting William Parker¹s long abiding interest in and study of the continental connection between the Manding people of West Africa and the Olmec of ancient Mexico (root culture of the Maya forward). A listening meditation exercise toward your enduring pertinence in the present world? A ten-track introductory manual on how to comport yourself in the reigning parallel? Yes to both questions. 2012 is on its way, after all.

The album opens with an arrestingly spacious solo bass performance of the traditional hymn ³There Is A Balm In Gilead², one of William¹s favorites. It continues episodically with music from three different sessions. The title track is a series of solo pieces on the 8-string doson ngoni (traditional hunter¹s guitar from West Africa). William was introduced to the instrument in 1975 by Don Cherry. Parker writes in the liner notes, ³I had already owned a kora, but it was the Ngoni that made my heart sing. This music is daily music. It is connected to the people sitting on the porch after supper, playing that old guitar, a suspending time of tuning and detuning dreams.² The two further compositions on solo bass are rendered arco, revealing William¹s theory of music – sound is light and light is sound. Again from his liner notes, ³Can you imagine a cathedral made of light and what would happen if sun poured through this cathedral? How life would change. How every flower, plant, tree
and living creature would advance then dance in the color created by the slicing of light through a prism called a bow.²

And finally, launching off the grid, are four pieces by The Olmec Group. These four tracks are at the crux of Long Hidden ­ mysterious and entrancing sound poetry embracing the Caribbean and Middle America via inspiration drawn from the Great Stone Head of the Olmec. Further to William on percussion and 6-string doson ngoni, the O.G. is composed of Dave Sewelson: the veteran saxophone player who has been active on the creative music scene for the last thirty years, Todd Nicholson: a formidable presence on the bass who when not leading his own bands can be heard with the violinist Billy Bang, and – Omar Payano, Isaiah Parker, Gabriel Nunez and Luis Ramierez – all under 23 years old, who play Merengue music. William writes: ³It is the sound of hieroglyphics coming off the scroll or stone wall and marching onto boats that will soon set sail. Where these boats will land I don¹t know, this new journey is just beginning.

One Final Note Reviews

THis week’s review on available from One Final Note.

6 February 2006

Anthony Braxton Quintet
Live at the Royal Festival Hall (Leo)
by Daniel Spicer

With the luxury of repeated listening, this performance reveals itself to be even more stupefying, idiosyncratic, and exhilarating than it first appeared.

The Society of the Spectacle (Emanem)
by Jay Collins

Rose, Fell, and Noble tackle spontaneous composition on this eight-track set, moving slightly away from the heady racketeering of their previous releases.

How to Raise an Ox The Way of the Animal Powers (Atavistic Xeng)
by Troy Collins

Italian trio Zu’s most recent endeavors both feature guest improvisers: saxophonist Mats Gustafsson on the former, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm on the latter.

Aram Shelton
Arrive (482 Music)
by Chris Kelsey

Shelton barely inflects his lines, relying on evenness of execution and clarity of melodic thought to put the music over.

Lars-Göran Ulander Trio
Live at Glenn Miller Café (Ayler)
by Mark Patel

Tragically under-recorded and hence under-recognized, Ulander is a master of his instrument and a brilliant conversationalist in the improvised jazz medium.