As William Parker embodies the beliefs that gave birth to AUM Fidelity, may that day come sooner when folks on a mass scale awake to the alter/all true (includes you) destiny as put forth by Mr. Parker, and the many great sages who have come before.
He writes:"it is the role of the artist to incite political, social, and spiritual revolution, to awaken us from our sleep and never let us forget our obligations as human beings, to light the fire of human compassion. Sounds that enlighten are infinite. We can put no limit to joy, or on our capacity for love."
In the mid 1990's began an appropriately growing appreciation of William Parker's massive gifts as a musician, and in this new century, his sheer humanity has take further deep root in the essence of listeners' beings.
It was in the middle of the last decade of the previous century that William took on the band leadership role that had long been urged on him by his fellow musicians. His talents as a composer and band-leader became quickly evident through his large ensemble – The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, his small group – In Order To Survive, and the collective quartet Other Dimensions In Music. In addition, William was a root foundation member of the ensembles of both David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp. Further, his destined collaboration with Chicago-based drummer Hamid Drake has produced incomparable musical rewards. The William Parker Quartet with Hamid, Rob Brown and Lewis Barnes & the Raining On The Moon Sextet (which adds Leena Conquest and Eri Yamamoto), along with The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield, have also been among William Parker's principal projects as a leader since the dawn of the new millennium. And there is so very, very much more..
Note: the complete discographies of William Parker as a leader & co-leader below are followed by the extensive collection of his work available directly from AUM Fidelity & Centering Music. Links to those albums will be added to the discographies soon!
Complete Discography as Leader
2021 - Painters Winter(Trio w/ Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake) 2021 - Mayan Space Station(Trio w/ Ava Mendoza, Gerald Cleaver) 2021 - Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World [Volumes 1–10] 2020 - "New World Order" b/w "Soledad" (digital single) 2020 - Trencadís (advance selection from Migration of Silence, digital only) 2020 - I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (2LP edition) 2019 - Live/Shapeshifter (In Order To Survive) 2018 - Flower In a Stained-Glass Window -&- The Blinking of The Ear (two unique ensembles) 2018 - Voices Fall From The Sky (widely ranging ensembles & singers / 3CD Box Set) 2018 - Lake of Light (compositions for aquasonics) 2017 - Meditation / Resurrection (Quartet & In Order To Survive) 2016 - Stan's Hat Flapping in the Wind (feat. Lisa Sokolov & Cooper-Moore) 2016 - Ao Vivo Jazz Na Fábrica (Quartet) 2015 - Great Spirit (Raining On The Moon) 2015 - For Those Who Are, Still (large ensembles / 3CD Box Set) 2013 - Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 (Quartet++ / 8CD Box Set) 2013 - Live In Wroclove (Quartet) 2012 - Essence of Ellington / Live in Milano (Orchestra) 2012 - Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (various ensembles / 6CD Box Set) 2011 - Crumbling In The Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake (solo bass / 3CD Box Set) 2010 - I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (Octet) 2010 - Uncle Joe's Spirit House (Organ Quartet) 2010 - Winter Sun Crying (w/ ICI Ensemble, Munich) 2010 - At Somewhere There (solo bass) 2008 - Petit Oiseau (Quartet) 2008 - Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Orchestra) 2007 - Corn Meal Dance (Raining On The Moon) 2007 - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (live in Rome-2004) 2007 - Alphaville Suite (Double Quartet) 2006 - Requiem (Bass Quartet + Charles Gayle) 2006 - Long Hidden: The Olmec Series (The Olmec Group & solo works) 2006 - For Percy Heath (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 2005 - Sound Unity (Quartet) 2005 - Luc's Lantern (Piano Trio w/ Eri Yamamoto, Michael Thompson) 2004 - Mass for the Healing of the World (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 2003 - Spontaneous (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 2003 - Scrapbook (Violin Trio w/ Billy Bang and Hamid Drake) 2002 - Raincoat In The River (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 2002 - Raining On The Moon (Quartet w/ Leena Conquest) 2002 - Bob's Pink Cadillac (Clarinet Trio w/ Perry Robinson & Walter Perkins) 2001 - O'Neal's Porch (Quartet) 2001 - Song Cycle (feat. Lisa Sokolov & Ellen Christi) 2000 - Mayor Of Punkville (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 2000 - Painter's Spring (Trio w/ Daniel Carter, Hamid Drake) 1999 - Posium Pendasem (In Order To Survive) 1998 - The Peach Orchard (In Order To Survive) 1998 - Lifting The Sanctions (solo bass) 1998 - Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace (CD edition with addtl material) 1997 - Sunrise in the Tone World (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 1996 - Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy (In Order To Survive) 1995 - In Order To Survive (In Order To Survive) 1995 - Testimony (solo bass) 1995 - Flowers Grow In My Room (The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra) 1981 - Through Acceptance of the Mystery Peace (LP feat. material recorded 1974-1979 w/ various accompaniment)
Complete Discography as Co-Leader, with
2021 - Patricia Nicholson : No Joke! 2020 - Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver : Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 2018 - Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp : Seraphic Light 2018 - Patricia Nicholson : Hope Cries For Justice 2017 - Stefano Scodanibbio : Bass Duo 2017- David Budbill : What I Saw This Morning 2015- Oliver Lake : To Roy 2014- Farmers By Nature : Love and Ghosts 2014 - Konstrukt : Live at NHKM 2012- David S. Ware / Planetary Unknown : Live at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2012- Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: Altitude 2011- David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / Muhammad Ali : Planetary Unknown 2011- Farmers By Nature : Out of This World's Distortions 2011 - The Element Choir : At Christ Church Deer Park 2010 - Ninni Morgia : Prism 2010- David S. Ware / Warren Smith : Onecept 2009 - Giorgio Dini : Temporary 2009- Gerald Cleaver / Craig Taborn : Farmers By Nature 2009 - Joelle Leandre : Live at Dunois 2008 - Anthony Braxton / Milford Graves : Beyond Quantum 2008 - Charles Gayle / Rashied Ali : Live at Crescendo 2007 - Other Dimensions In Music : Live at the Sunset 2007- Hamid Drake : Summer Snow 2007- Hamid Drake :First Communion + Piercing The Veil 2006- Kidd Jordan / Hamid Drake : Palm of Soul 2005 - Fred Anderson / Hamid Drake : Blue Winter 2003 - Roy Campbell / Daniel Carter / Alan Silva : Fractured Dimensions 2003 - David Budbill / Hamid Drake : Songs for a Suffering World 2002- Joe Morris / Hamid Drake : Eloping With The Sun 2002 - Jemeel Moondoc / Hamid Drake) : New World Pygmies vol. 2 2001- Hamid Drake : Piercing The Veil 2001- The Music Ensemble Roaratorio 2000- Other Dimensions In Music : Time Is Of The Essence Is Beyond Time 2000 - Jemeel Moondoc : New World Pygmies 1999 - David Budbill : Zen Mountains Zen Streets 1999 - Alan Silva : A Hero's Welcome: Pieces for Rare Occasions 1998- Other Dimensions In Music : Now! 1998 - Joelle Leandre : Contrabasses 1997 - Joe Morris/William Parker : Invisible Weave 1995 - Derek Bailey / John Zorn / William Parker : Harras 1993 - Charles Gayle / Rashied Ali : Touchin' On Trane 1990 - Other Dimensions In Music : Other Dimensions In Music
The following collection of works available direct from AUM Fidelity are presented in successive sets: 1 – as Leader ; 2 – as Co-Leader ; 3 – as Member and in reverse chronological order of release date