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Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1-10) (10CD)

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Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1-10)
Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1-10)


Strictly Limited Deluxe First Edition. Packaged in custom clamshell box & sleeves, with a pair of extensive booklets (36 page full-colour; 24 page lyrics, black on uncoated stock). 10 CDs, 91 total tracks, total duration 594 minutes (10 hours).

That William Parker is a bassist, composer and bandleader of extraordinary spirit and imaginative drive is common knowledge among any with an interest in the progressive jazz scene of the past 25 years or more. What's become increasingly apparent, though, is Parker's stature as a visionary of sound and song - an artist of melody and poetry who works beyond category, to use the Ellingtonian phrase.

The latest multi-disc boxed set from Centering Records/AUM Fidelity devoted to Parker's expansive creativity underscores his virtually peerless achievement in recent years. 'Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1-10)' is a 10-album collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women's voices at its core.

This is music as empathetic as it is intrepid, as philosophical as it is visceral, as resolutely modernist as it is attuned to tradition. Parker's art not only draws from the deepest well of African-American culture; it breathes in inspiration from across the globe, with sounds drawn from Africa, Asia and Indonesia as well as Europe and the Americas; there is free improvisation and re-imagined sonic collage; there are album-length explorations of solo piano and solo voice, along with string ensembles and ancient wind instruments. There are dedications to jazz heroes, Native Americans and Mexican migrants, plus tributes to the great African-American culture of Harlem and the mix of passion and compassion Parker found in vintage Italian cinema.

It conjures a vast world of music and feeling, and its creation is a feat that ranks with that of the most ambitious talents in any genre.


  1. Name
  2. Listen
  3. Cosmic Funk
  4. I'd Rather Be
  5. A Great Day To Be Dead
  6. Jenny's Interlude
  7. Blue Limelight
  8. Bennie's Tune
  9. Recall
  10. Kachina Song
  11. All I Ever Want
  12. Where The Angels Live
  13. Old Tears
  14. Malachi's Mode
  15. Malcolm's Smile
  16. This Sweet Land
  17. The Golden Light (Hymn)
  18. Mexico
  19. Broken Promises
  20. Child Of Sound
  21. Sky Falling
  22. Adobe House
  23. Rez Sunset
  24. Trail Of Tears I
  25. Trail Of Tears II
  26. Rez Sunrise
  27. Ascending Earth
  28. Baldwin
  29. The Majesty Of Jah
  30. Freedom
  31. Sun Song
  32. Numbers
  33. Letter To A Resurrected Slave Owner
  34. Entire Universe
  35. Cheops
  36. The Map Is Precise
  37. If We Play Soft Enough
  38. Harriott
  39. Dancing At The Savoy
  40. Don't Sell My Soul
  41. Harlem Dances
  42. Harlem Speaks
  43. Paintings In The Sky
  44. Shutters As Windows
  45. Tilted Mirror
  46. Mexico
  47. The Bleeding Tree
  48. It Is For You
  49. Song To Lift Sadness (Morning)
  50. The Sky Is Always Beautiful
  51. Morning Bird
  52. Rocket Man
  53. Essence Calling Out
  54. Afternoon Poem
  55. First Vision
  56. Green And Brown
  57. I Believe
  58. I Will Die For You
  59. Song For Patricia
  60. My Cup
  61. Silent Whispers
  62. It Would Never Be Long Enough
  63. Song To Lift Sadness (Evening)
  64. Cloud And Sea Fading As Rain Falls
  65. Visconti
  66. Fellini
  67. Pasolini
  68. Leone
  69. De Sica
  70. Rossellini
  71. Gospel
  72. Milano
  73. Lights In The Rain
  74. Antonioni
  75. The Elders At The Edge Of The World Part 1
  76. Cultivation
  77. Deep Spirit
  78. Family Voice
  79. Listen To The Sky
  80. Sacred Prayers
  81. Host For The Anointed
  82. Bamboo Village
  83. Blessed
  84. The Flute Reaches Out
  85. The World's Fastest Train
  86. Joyous And Delightful
  87. The Elders At The Edge Of The World Part 2
  88. Charcoal Paragraphs
  89. Khaen
  90. Lakota Song
  91. Manzanar
  92. On Being Native
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