William Parker Quartet - "Sound Unity", Aum Fidelity
www.aumfidelity.com

David S. Ware Quartets - "Live in The World", Thirsty Ear
www.thirstyear.com

These two new releases present the growth and development of the William Parker - David S. Ware axis.
First up is a stunning new record from William Parker's new quartet. Recorded last year in Canada [Vancouver and Montreal], "Sound Unity" represents a new phase in Parker's quartet, as he assembles a stellar cast of players willing to take the plunge with him. Along with Parker on bass, we have his long-time collaborator saxophonist Rob Brown, percussionist Hamid Drake and a new-comer, trumpeter Lewis Barnes. This time around, William Parker decides to favour the long-form composition; something which he's explored before quite effectively. The pacing of the pieces is fairly even. There are no overt solos or climaxing and furious moments to take you by surprise. Rob Brown's alto playing is very angular, though very accessible to the ears. Lewis Barnes trumpet playing is marvelously up-lifting as he spirals around Rob Brown's alto winds. Hamid Drake is as precise and delicate as always. His percussive work is very high spirited and he doesn't shy away from making a statement when one is needed [even when he's allowed a drum solo]. Finally, we come to William Parker who keeps the whole ship at bay. The bass playing is perhaps not as fat as I'm used to hearing from the man, but he still has the intensity and the drive. This music is rich and it begs to be heard. It's safe to call "Sound Unity" another crucial statement from the man named William Parker.

What is the fairest way to talk about the new 3 CD live set from David S. Ware "Live in The World"? Should I mention the fact that this is a monumental release outlining the work of three of his important quartets? Should I mention the fact this it spans the time period of 1998 to 2003? Should I mention the fact that one entire record is committed to an interpretation of Sonny Rollins' "Freedom Suite" [if you liked the Aum Fidelity issue of the suite, then wait until you hear the live version!]. Should I mention superlatives about each individual percussionist from each CD [Susie Ibarra, Hamid Drake and Guillermo E. Brown each get credits on individual CDs]? The music is blaring and passionately presented. Though I may have my preferences for Ware's percussionists, I still think Whit Dickey was good, and this time around I'll favour Hamid Drake for being his own articulate self [to be honest, all 3 drummers are equally good and shine]. The standard piano - bass axis of Matthew Shipp and William Parker is as tight and disciplined as ever. In fact the other day, I was watching "In Motion" – a documentary on David S. Ware's life his trials and tribulations of being a taxi driver, while maintaining his faith for music. What struck me the most is this man has not changed. He is just as committed and passionate about his music and the ways and means he presents it to the world. Superbly recorded and brilliantly realized. A big round of kudos goes out to Thirst Ear for seeing this project to its fruition!

Tom Sekowski


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+ Gielareck - Asfalt
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U. F. O. - Mantra of Love
+ Jah Wobble & Deep Space - Five Beat
+ Asahito Nanjo Group Musica - Contemporary Kagura-Metaphysics
+ Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U. F. O. - The Penultimate Galactic Bordello Also the World You Made
+ Howlin' Ghost Proletarians - Dead Roads
+ Minamo - Shining
+ Rhodri Davies/Robin Hayward/Julia Eckhardt/Lucio Capece - Amber
+ Kazushige Kinoshita/Masahiko Okura/Masafumi Ezaki - Kenon
+ Stefan Keune - Sunday Sundaes
+ Venetian Snares - Rossz Csillag Allat Született
+ Le Plastique Mystification - In The Land Of Melancholt
+ Lifend - Innerscars
+ Forsaken - Anima Mundi
+ The Magic Carpathians Project - Sonic Suicide Ethnonoise # 1
+ Ethnica Music Project - Etnika
+ Ulvens Döttrar - Värm ditt blod
+ Machine Men - Tears and Wounds
+ Advent - The Dawn
+ Eddie Zarook & Casio Casino - Haluzengenic
+ XLover - Pleasure And Romance
+ Vavamuffin - Vabang!
+ Variete - Nowy material
+ Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
+ Like A Stuntman - Fresh Air Is Not A Worst Thing I Town
+ Stealpot - Mass Mess Age
+ Signaldrift - Girl
+ The Remote Viewer - Let Your Heart Draw A Line
+ Daft Punk - Human After All
+ Experimental Products - Glowing In The Dark
+ Band Of Endless Noise - Riders On The Bikes
+ Ruben Montesco - Slave To The Darkness
+ Peepol/Ludzie - Proffessioneller Klang/Live In Porgy And Bess
+ Water Lilly - Sputnika
+ Marc Leclair - Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes
+ Lali Puna - I Thought I Was Over That: Rare, Remixed And B-Sides
+ Kości - K
+ Kiko & Gino's - Electric Boy
+ Christopher Just - Roland Flick Fairmont Princess # 1527
+ Grace Jones - I've Seen That Face Before
+ Isolee - We Are Monster
+ Jay Haze - Love For A Strange World
+ Fenin - Grounded
+ Diakof - Piloty 2
+ Delons - Wersja z napisami
+ Charles Atlas - Fabricate
+ Juan Atkins - 20 Years Metroplex 1985 - 2005
+ Ai Records 2000 - 2005
+ Adult. - D.U.M.E.

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+ Paul Plimley / Barry Guy - Sensology; Mats Gustafsson / Barry Guy - Frogging
+ The O'jays - Imagination; Chaka Khan - Classikhan
+ Albert Ayler Trio - Spiritual Unity; Live on the Riviera
+ Bronnt Industries Kapital - Virtute et Industria
+ Lee Ranaldo - Music for Stage and Screen
+ Fernanda Porto - Fernanda Porto
+ The Dynamic Duo Rashied Ali & Arthur Rhames - Remember Trane and Bird
+ Kyle Gann - Long Night; Rick Fox - Fade; Jim Fox - Descansos, past
+ Adult. - D.U.M.E.
+ Various Artists - The Meta Collection; Asana 3 - Peaceful Heart
+ Kandia Kouyate - Biriko; Tartit - Ichichila; Abyssinia Infinite - Zion Roots
+ Various Artists - Run It Red Mick Hucknall Selects from 10 Years of Blood and Fire Classics; Dennis Brown Presents Prince Jammy - Umoja / 20th Century DEBwise
+ Jack Wright - Up For Grabs; Michel Doneda / Jack Wright / Tatsuya Nakatani - From Between
>> William Parker Quartet - Sound Unity; David S. Ware Quartets - Live in The World
+ Anthony Milton - Sirens & Where The Coloured Planes are Rafts; Seht - The Voice of the Taniwha; Brasil And The Gallowbrothers Band - The Band Plays On, The Diunes Move On (You Caught me with my Eyes Closed)
+ Thurston Moore / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 1; Thuja / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 2; Jackie-O Motherfucker / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 3; Jim O'rourke / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 4; Christina Carter / My Cat Is An Alien - From the Earth to the Spheres Vol. 5; My Cat Is An Alien - On Air at Sound Projecting; My Cat Is An Alien - Through The Reflex of the Rain; Roberto Opalio - Chants from Isolated Ghosts
+ Christ. - Seeing and Doing; Kyo Ichinose - Iontano; Prhizzm - Prhizzm EP
+ Chris Brown - Talking Drum
+ Basil Kirchin - Abstractions of the Industrial North

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Ugly sounds - Hakan Lidbo - wywiad
+ Audio-visual assault - Quasimodo Jones - wywiad