AUM043WILLIAM PARKER / Raining On The Moon
....................Corn Meal Dance
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1. DOCTOR YESTERDAY 8:40
2. TUTSI ORPHANS 7:12
3. POEM FOR JUNE JORDAN 2:58

4. SOLEDAD 9:53
5. CORN MEAL DANCE 8:56

6. LAND SONG 11:33
7. PRAYER 3:53
8. OLD TEARS 8:35
9. GILMORE'S HAT 7:15

All compositions by William Parker, except 'Old Tears' music by William Parker & words by Leena Conquest ~ P+C 2007 AUM Fidelity


Package: jewelcase with deluxe 20 page full-color art-packed booklet, complete song lyrics, and liner notes by Greg Tate. Trencadis photos by Tara Key; art direction by Steven Joerg aka Ming@409.
Recorded, mixed and mastered in 24-bit digital to AUM Fidelity’s highest standards.

Raining On The Moon
William Parker
bass
.....Rob Brown alto saxophone
Lewis Barnes trumpet .....Eri Yamamoto piano
Leena Conquest voice .....Hamid Drake drums

Produced by William Parker and Steven Joerg
Recorded by Joe Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn
on January 3, 2007
Mixed and Mastered by Michael Marciano and S. Joerg May 2007

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Finally, the followup! Corn Meal Dance again makes abundantly clear William Parker's multi-faceted talents as bassist, composer, poet, bandleader and songwriter. Raining On The Moon is the extraordinary group which seamlessly fuses all of these prodigious gifts: his long-standing Quartet with Hamid Drake, Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes is here exquisitely augmented by singer Leena Conquest breathing further compassion into William's lyrics once again, and pianist Eri Yamamoto for the first wonderful time. William Parker’s soul-nourishing poetry and supremely catchy melodies and grooves are brought to scintillating life by a group featuring some of the finest improvisers in the world. Further to the full-group work here are a pair of supremely tender Leena and Eri duets on 'Prayer' and 'Poem For June Jordan'.



Corn Meal Dance is an incomparable and uncompromising work that AUM Fidelity is deeply honored to present; the release of this wonderful record is how AUM Fidelity is celebrating its 10th Anniversary as a purveyor of immaculate sounds for the healing of nations
(hey, "you got to go big out here" ). The title track alone is enough to have made me wept tears of a transcendent joy on many a night since its creation. Some eternal wisdom is to be found and sung and danced along to here my friends. -SJ

 

Some words besides my own...

“For those not familiar with Parker's poetry, these pieces pursue an elemental purity through mystical language and metaphor, often verging on the psychedelic. What marks Raining on the Moon as unique in Parker's long list of recordings is its raw accessibility. Listeners from various backgrounds will find this disc inviting and exciting. And if that serves the purpose of introducing Parker's vision to new ears, it's more than done its job. When jazz historians look back on improvised music at the turn of this century, William Parker will stand as a giant among men.”
All About Jazz

“These are great free-jazz art songs that emerge from an African-American vernacular. They’re meant to speak on behalf of the defeated and the downtrodden, to offer hope, dignity, and compassion. No one else in jazz is combining the personal and the universal with the same power or persuasiveness.” Boston Phoenix

“Amazing .. going back to the future in search of a missing jazz link to the soul-poetry of Van Morrison.”
Village Voice


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