William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio – Bass Duo

William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio – Bass Duo

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[CENTERING 1013] - CD in deluxe 6-panel digipak

William Parker: bass, compositions
Stefano Scodanibbio: bass, compositions

Bass Duo presents the historic sole performance meeting of these two renowned and innovative bass masters, each representing distinct musical traditions, and both fully committed to the summit at hand.

William Parker (Bronx, NY, January 10, 1952) has long been heralded as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the “50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.” He has been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, performing extensively with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves, Peter Kowald, and David S. Ware, among innumerable others. He has appeared on well over 150 albums to date, and as a leader has been perpetually presenting his far-ranging and highly acclaimed work since the mid-90s.

Stefano Scodanibbio (Macerata, Italy, June 18, 1956 / Cuernavaca, Mexico, January 8, 2012). During his too short lifetime he was renowned as an interpreter and collaborator with many of the major composers writing for the contrabass (Bussotti, Donatoni, Estrada, Ferneyhough, Frith, Globokar, Xenakis, among others), and he performed dozens of works written especially for him in major festivals throughout the world. The Los Angeles Times acclaimed his “dazzling, disciplined virtuosity,” and later that “[he] lifted the instrument into new realms.” John Cage, on hearing his work Ryoanji performed by Scodanibbio, stated “his performance was absolutely magic. I was just amazed!”

4-Stars: "This big-boned and ambitious music speaks over extended structural measures. The unity of their shared language is obvious from the off and is achieved without either player compromising or taming their basic approach. Scodanibbio spent much of his career painstakingly unravelling dense notation. And much of this music is similarly obsessed with different definitions of energy-flow, the opening piece dealing up delicately balanced tremolos and fleet finger-work that totter forwards, the second concerned with an intricate mesh of mechanisms that are given momentum by shifting accents and subliminal rhythmic reboots. Grooves move by stealth, sometimes materializing as both bassists make a collective snap decision to swap direction, but never as a ‘and now here’s some jazz’ gear-change. Alert, ardent music-making." –Philip Clark, Jazzwise

5-Stars "The music is deeply riveting. My first spin of the album found me transfixed in front of my speakers, rooted deeply to the floor. The second listen, through good headphones, left my mind reeling." –David Menestres (a fellow bass player), The Free Jazz Collective

"Parker and Scodannibio come from different musical worlds and have very distinctive styles, but they also have much in common. Scodannibio was trained in classical new music, but was very much at ease in improvising contexts; Parker is a jazz bassist, but has always embraced far-flung musical languages. Both men excel at pizzicato and arco, and both have the ability to generate great waves of sound. As they weave in and out of each other's lines, they increasingly converge to the point where it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish them: the point where a unified force field of the double-bass forms, and fills the room with its inescapable presence." –Adam Shatz, As Serious As Your Life

1. I - 10:46
2. II - 13:48
3. III - 14:49
4. IV - 17:38
5. V - 05:24

All compositions by William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio,

© Centering Music (BMI) & Stefano Scodanibbio Music

Recorded at Udin&Jazz 2008 Festival
Teatro San Giorgio - Udine, Italy - June 28, 2008
Mastered by Jim Clouse at Park West Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Liner Notes by Mark Dresser & William Parker
Produced for release on Centering Records by William Parker