"A family thing. And a lot more than that: one of the great bassist’s most joyful, sunshine-filled records. An album of very accessible creative jazz with irresistible grooves. A federating record. A gem."
–Monsieur Délire blog, François Couture
"Though mysticism and spirituality play a hand in his expansive aesthetic, so do earthly concerns like social justice and family. Uncle Joe's Spirit House is a deeply personal offering from a musician whose role as a scene leader and social activist is as significant as his instrumental prowess."
–All About Jazz, Troy Collins
"The music flows like a deep and powerful river." –MUSIC and MORE, Tim Niland
"For a guy who’s rightly regarded as basically a load-bearing column holding up much of the New York avant-jazz scene, bassist William Parker records some remarkably mainstream-friendly albums. .. Don’t let this disc pass you by. It’s emotional, hard-grooving, occasionally abstract but often raw and bluesy music that shakes hands with the past before striding confidently into the future."
–Burning Ambulance, Phil Freeman
"Uncle Joe's Spirit House is one of the best records of the year, across the board—conceptually, compositionally and in performance."
–All About Jazz, Lyn Horton
A special studio recording project fully produced by William Parker for his own Centering Records imprint and dedicated to his Aunt Carrie Lee & Uncle Joe (who is pictured on the album cover) – they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 6th, 2010. William really wanted to get this done in time for that auspicious date and he did. Seven of the songs on this CD were written in December 2009 especially for this recording session which took place on January 22, 2010; Ennio's Tag and Oasis were previously written and they fit in perfectly.
A soul-jazz organ quartet album that hearkens back to early-mid 60s sessions of similar form, though fully freshed-up by William Parker's indelible compositions and the musical gifts of Darryl Foster, Cooper-Moore and Gerald Cleaver. This is a straight-up late summer joy to celebrate life with all year 'round!
This album will be "officially released" in limited numbers through our world-wide distribution network on October 12, 2010 – until then it will only be available via direct mail-order from AUM Fidelity and from William Parker at his performances. This album is pressed in a limited CD edition of 1000 copies in deluxe 6-panel digipak with liner notes by WP and further family photos courtesy of Uncle Joe. It is recommended to act now on purchase, so that you may enjoy sooner! –SJ
P.S. the first edition of 1000 was nearly sold out before the "official release date" as noted above, prompting a second & final edition printing of 1000 copies by AUM Fidelity in 2011.
From the liner notes by William Parker:
“I think we are all given gifts; the true blessing is receiving the grace to accept the gift” -WP
When I first discovered that music was my calling I thought that it was mandatory for me to step inside into <my own world>. Once inside that world I was able to learn the language of sound and silence. I became well versed in many forms of music including celestial, cosmic, and aumic, as well as the mystery systems and the world folk forms. I went on to spend 30 years traveling around the world hoping to bring a musical message of love and peace to those I met and played for. In 1994 with the official formation of the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, I began to reconnect to the world which I had departed from. The door to that world was closed but not locked. I'm so happy that I was able to understand that the real art is the art of living. Raising one's family through hard work, be it carpenter, electrician, mailman, policeman, garbage man, and perhaps the most difficult of all jobs, the stay at home mother. Two masters of that art are my Aunt Carrie Lee Edwards and my Uncle Joe who are 91 and 92 years old. They are both alive and going strong, living in the Bronx enjoying their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. They will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on August 6th, 2010. This CD is dedicated to them.