Based in Brooklyn, New York, William Parker is the pre-eminent bassist in modern free jazz. He has released more than 150 titles under his own name -- and hundreds more as a sideman and collaborator. Parker, who is also a poet, painter, and essayist, co-founded the Improvisers Collective with renowned dancer, choreographer, poet, and life partner Patricia Nicholson. The collective's fulcrum, he plays in nearly all of its ad hoc groups and leads their big band, the Little Huey Creative Music Ensemble. An important document of their beginnings was the 1995 Black Saint offering In Order to Survive. As a bassist, Parker is possessed of a formidable technique. It can be heard as a lead instrument in trios with Daniel Carter and Hamid Drake (Painter's Spring), duos with the drummer (Piercing the Veil), dozens of recordings with saxophonist ...
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