Flower In A Stained-Glass Window / The Blinking Of The Ear
'Flower in a Stained-Glass Window' fully features vocalist Leena Conquest, a tremendous interpreter of Parker's work in song. This is her first work together with Parker since 2012, and it is a most potent return to this creative orbit. She sings and speaks atop of and within a fresh ensemble featuring Parker's bass together with long-time compatriots trombonist Steve Swell and saxophonist Dave Sewelson, South African drummer Kesivan Naidoo (in his first work with Parker), Parker's son Isaiah on piano, as well as younger saxophonic talents Abraham Mennen and Nick Lyons.
This work is dedicated to the inspiration of Martin Luther King, and the lyrical content pulls no punches delivering the truth as Parker sees it. The message is: social and political justice and equality for all human beings.
'Flower...' was slated for release on its own, and then William Parker had a summer residency at The Stone / New School in New York, in which 'The Blinking of The Ear' was presented in wholly extended form by an ensemble featuring Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Eri Yamamoto on piano, William Parker and young Leonid Galaganov on drums, with mezzo soprano AnnMarie Sandy. After hearing the recording, it was forthwith decided to include this and make it a true double-album event!
"To place William Parker squarely in the box labelled "composer" or "improviser" is to deny the fertility of the ground he has spent the past 45 years preparing. More and more, the projects he is helming inhabit a diverse world where sound and form work in symbiosis, blurring the boundaries of categorization in the process." - The New York City Jazz Record
- Fallen Flower
- Emmett Till
- Broken Earth
- I Had A Dream Last Night
- Give Me Back My Drum
- Living Hope
- What Is That About?
- Music Song
- Meditation On Freedom
- Without Love Everything Will Fail
- Dark Remembrance
- Heavenly Home Meditation On Peace (Part One)
- Heavenly Home Meditation On Peace (Part Two)