William Parker

Voices Fall From The Sky (Box Set) (CENT1015/16/17)

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Voices Fall From The Sky (Box Set)

William Parker

Aum Fidelity


AUM 153240




CD 32,98 €


A three-album strong box set – half of it being brand new recordings made in 2017/18 and half being Parker-curated selections of previously released work, some of which has been unavailable for far too long. The focus here is on the voice; on the singers & the songs. All compositions (music & lyrics) by William Parker. Seventeen distinct voices are featured herein, including Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay • Ellen Christi • Timna Comedi • Leena Conquest • Morley Kamen • Amirtha Kidambi • Kyoko Kitamura • Ernie Odoom • Bernardo Palombo • Omar Payano • Jean Carla Rodea • AnnMarie Sandy • Lisa Sokolov • Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez • Mola Sylla • Fay Victor • Andrea Wolper; accompaniment ranges from duo to large ensemble.

CD 1, also entitled VOICES FALL FROM THE SKY
Features all-new work predominately recorded and mixed in December 2017 and January 2018, with an opening invocation from the earlier release, Long Hidden. The featured singers here are: Timna Comedi • Morley Shanti Kamen • Amirtha Kidambi • Kyoko Kitamura • Bernardo Palombo • Omar Payano • Jean Carla Rodea • Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez • Fay Victor • Andrea Wolper. Accompanists include: Karen Borca • Angelo Branford • Rob Brown • Gerald Cleaver • Jean Cook • Jason Kao Hwang • Masahiko Kono • William Parker • Dave Sewelson • Heru Shabaka-Ra • Steve Swell • Dario Acosta Teich • Eri Yamamoto

01. Espitiro
02. Airlift
03. Bouquet Fro Borah
04. City of Flowers
05. Despues de la Guerra
06. Small Lobby
07. So Important
08. We Often Danced
09. Voices From the Sky
10. Revolution
11. A Tree Called Poem

CD 2, SONGS, is comprised of duets (the one exception again being the lead track), and features three singers with whom Parker has had decades-long creative relationships with. Vintage recordings with Ellen Christi and Lisa Sokolov from the early 1990s which have been unavailable for far too long, are here re-sequenced / re-contextualized together with more recent work with Leena Conquest, plus a piece each feat. Ernie Odoom and Mola Sylla. Accompanists: Yuko Fujiyama • Cooper-Moore • William Parker • Eri Yamamoto.

01. All I Want
02. Baldwin's interlude
03. For Julius Eastman
04. Aborigine Song
05. Life Song
07. Band in the Sky
08. Sweet Breeze

09. Morning Moon
10. A Thought For Silence
11. Poem For June Jordan
12. Autumn Song
13. Falling Shadows
14. Tour Of the Flying Peace
15. Prayer

CD 3, ESSENCE, focuses on the voice within large ensemble, and features selections from previously released albums together with a new suite / recording entitled The Blinking of the Ear, performed by mezzo-soprano opera singer AnnMarie Sandy. The previously released work is here presented in special edits from longer-form works and features the singers Ernie Odoom, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay and Leena Conquest. Accompaniment is by four very different versions of the William Parker Orchestra, and his Double Quartet. The one exception here is the brand new suite, which features Eri Yamamoto on piano and Leonid Galaganov on drums, although how they and AnnMarie Sandy fill the silence is practically orchestral.

01. The Essence of Ellington
02. Lights of Lake George
03. For Fannie Lou Hamer
04. Deep Flower
05. The Blinking of the Ear
a) Meditation of Freedom
b) Without Love Everything Will Fail
c) Dark Rememberance
d) Heavenly Home Meditation on Peace
06. Natasha's Theme