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William Parker Swings and Plays on Jazz's Edge with 'Live/Shapeshifter'

On Live/Shapeshifter, William Parker goes way back to Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus in muscular swing and melodic grace while still seeming to play out on the edge.

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The Best Jazz of 2018

Justin Cober-Lake and Will Layman
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Ivo Perelman: Philosophers Stone / Octagon / Heptagon / Scalene / Live in Baltimore / Live in Brussels

The prolific, free-blowing tenor saxophonists releases six recordings at once, including two live sets, that demonstrate (again) his ability to invent in the moment with collaborators of all kinds.

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William Parker: For Those Who Are, Still

Jazz bassist William Parker escorts himself into a whole new realm of modern music on For Those Who Are, Still.

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Jeremy Danneman: Lady Boom Boom

A funky jazz album about atonement, forgiveness, war, peace, liberation, love, death and sex... or so we're told.

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William Parker Orchestra: Essence of Ellington

"Essence" is the key word to this album, steering it clear of the been-there-done-that jazz project.

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Frank Lowe Quintet: The Loweski

A record label can be the difference between music that flourishes and music that flounders. ESP Disk gave Frank Lowe his freedom and all of us The Loweski.

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David S. Ware and Planetary Unknown: Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2011

If you enjoyed the sound of Planetary Unknown in the studio, then you'll love them on the stage.

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Joe Morris, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver: Altitude

Sometimes a great show can only give you a good CD.

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David S. Ware/Cooper-Moore/William Parker/Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown

These four guys have known each other for years, yet this is the first album to feature all of them in the same room. Calling it a "doozy" is just a playful, feeble understatement.

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William Parker: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield

So many Mayfield masterpieces are incorporated, it causes one to wish for an alternate version of this release, without the vocals.

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David S. Ware: Onecept

David S. Ware vs. dialysis, Ware wins. We all win. We win free jazz minus the racket. Just pure music.

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William Parker: Double Sunrise Over Neptune/Petit Oiseau

William Parker's inventive approach to the current state of jazz music puts him at the forefront of the avant-garde scene.

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Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn: Farmers by Nature

As far as long-form improvisation is concerned, this 65-minute live set by drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn is a success of the highest order.

Scott Hreha
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The Best Jazz of 2008

More than ever, the best jazz is coming from small labels, and more than ever the best draws a decent slice from the dynamics of rock and pop music without itself being a commercial venture.

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Eri Yamamoto: Duologue/Redwoods

An inside-out jazz pianist, playing duets with the cream of a downtown crop and playing with her trio. All arresting music.

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William Parker / Raining on the Moon: Corn Meal Dance

A collection of liberation soul jazz with a fresh, free tang.

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William Parker: Long Hidden: The Olmec Series

A curious collection of shards and fragments from the downtown New York free-jazz bass guru comes together in an archaeological quest for cultural connections.

Daniel Spicer
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