Aum Fidelity

Michael Bisio: bass, compositions
Karl Berger: vibes, compositions
Mat Maneri: viola
Whit Dickey: drums

The Michael Bisio Quartet is a new kindred-spirit assembly featuring the veteran bassist alongside Mat Maneri (viola), Karl Berger (vibraphone) and Whit Dickey (drums). Their melodiously alluring debut album, MBefore, features the four virtuoso improvisers communing on a set of original compositions by Bisio & Berger, plus a free-minded take on the standard “I Fall in Love Too.

"Rob Brown is an awesome alto saxophonist and a mercurial improviser who is perpetually inventive. Over the years he has been a foundation member of the principal groups of William Parker, with whom he has shared a musical relationship for over twenty...

"Roy Campbell is a jazz trumpeter and composer of the first order, one who encompasses the tradition even as he pushes the music forward. A founding member of the luminous collective Other Dimensions In Music and a member of Marc Ribot's recent...

"Seraphic Light is an exemplary long-form work of collective creative improvisation, performed by three masters of this high art. These three masters each possess a complete and total devotion to the music. On this very rare trio meeting they manifest a meditative resonance, replete with lyrical exploration, throughout a sublime set. While William Parker and Matthew Shipp are each deservedly world-renowned as players-improvisers-composers due to their extensive recording and performance work as leaders...

"A tremendous pair of brand new studio albums created by drummer-leader Whit Dickey together w/ two distinct yet interrelated Quartets. All involved here have long been deep seekers of truth through sound, and between them is a luminous web of deeply affecting work, which now spans decades. This Yin & Yang pair presents their very latest work together.
Peace Planet features Matthew Shipp-piano, Rob Brown-alto sax, William Parker-bass. Box of Light features Rob Brown-alto sax, Steve Swell-trombone...

"Vessel In Orbit presents the first new group music in over a decade from singular drummer-composer Whit Dickey. It is a richly melodic and deeply focused set; structural integrity and emotional resonance are paramount throughout. Created together with the impeccable improvisers Mat Maneri on viola and pianist Matthew Shipp. Each of these men has a lifetime commitment to creative music, and they share a musical relationship with one another that dates back decades. Wide-open listening and fluid...

"Among all else of great note that shall happen in music this year, 2008 marks the magnificent return to record of the legendary Bill Dixon: composer, trumpeter, teacher and all-around musical force. His contributions to the body of great Black...

"Farmers By Nature is the phenomenal trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker, and pianist Craig Taborn. Each are internationally renowned master musicians-improvisers-composers-bandleaders. When they work together as FBN, it is as a...

"Farmers By Nature is drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker, and pianist Craig Taborn -- a fully-improvising unit, a complete musical collective. Each of these men are highly regarded & admired composers and bandleaders in their own right...

"Long one of Boston's musical gems, The Fully Celebrated (Orchestra) have always been Jim Hobbs: alto sax, Timo Shanko: bass, and Django Carranza: drums. A jazz band playing the rock clubs like the young punks they were, developing along the way into...

"Equally earthy and avant-garde ... intellectually stimulating though anything but academic."-JazzTimes

"Grass Roots is a new collective devoted to creating music that combines soul and fresh, contemporary songwriting. Alto saxophonist Darius...

"And now, this is alto saxophonist/composer Darius Jones' highly anticipated second recording as a bandleader, and it delivers in killin' fashion. Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) presents the next chapter of his ongoing Man'ish Boy series of compositions...

"The Oversoul Manual is the fourth installment / revelation in Darius Jones' central, highly acclaimed, and on-going Man'ish Boy epic. It further reveals and indeed fully features the great talents of Jones as composer & arranger, with daring...

"The intergenerational partnership of alto saxophonist Darius Jones and pianist Matthew Shipp seamlessly meshes the talents of two of the most restlessly inventive and gifted instrumentalists-composers-improvisers-leaders working today. This singular...

I saw this series of works in DC and it was fantastic. It is inspired by and dedicated to Brigitte Fontaine, although they don't actually perform Brigitte's pieces. First of all, Emilie is just a wonderful singer and she handled the vocals beautifully...

"Lung -- the highly anticipated new album and composition from Brooklyn's genre-defying Little Women -- is an epic without precedent. Where their acclaimed 2010 suite Throat (AUM061) grabbed listeners by their necks from the first seconds, Lung arises...

"Brooklyn quartet Little Women create music whose aim is transcendence via brutally precise sonic assault and ascendant melodies, attacking written and improvised material with equal ferocity. The group's sound distilled from a broad range of influences that stretch from free jazz through math metal, punk rock, pop music, and harsh noise. Saxophonists Travis Laplante and Darius Jones breathe together as one multi-tongued exquisite beast reveling in higher harmonics, splitting overtones to create ghost...

"Joe Morris, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver are among the most gifted instrumentalists & improvisers in the world today --natural and consistent innovators all, always sharing, always igniting new ideas, always seeking something beyond description....

"'I call what I play Free Music because I want to be free to render my work in any way I feel necessary to express my feelings and ideas. Today on Earth is quartet music that emphasizes the groove; some folk-like melodies mixed in with some other things..

"A gorgeous modern jazz album with vintage microphone glow; four fully inviting long-form collective improvisations. Wildlife is the debut recording of a new group concept from jazz master nonpareil Joe Morris. Within this trio anything is possible....

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Beautiful little box featuring big music from performers such as Bill Cole, Rob Brown, Cooper-Moore, Hamid Drake, JD Parran, and many others.

"An astonishing 3CD...

"Bassist/composer William Parker is among the most active and highly regarded musicians performing today. The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield is the first project in his 35-year career devoted to the music of another composer; here Parker interpolates...

William Parker: bass, compositions
Ava Mendoza: electric guitar
Gerald Cleaver: drums

“Never thought I’d see the day that William Parker led a Santana shreddin’, Sharrock skronkin’ psych-rock power trio!”-Lars Gotrich

This is as great as the description above makes you hope it would be.

“Mayan Space Station is William's first electric guitar trio album. The unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by Parker & Cleaver is matched by Mendoza in full flight. This is cosmi

William Parker: bass, compositions
Ava Mendoza: electric guitar
Gerald Cleaver: drums

“Never thought I’d see the day that William Parker led a Santana shreddin’, Sharrock skronkin’ psych-rock power trio!”-Lars Gotrich

This is as great as the description above makes you hope it would be.

“Mayan Space Station is William's first electric guitar trio album. The unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by Parker & Cleaver is matched by Mendoza in full flight. This is cosmi

"Meditation / Resurrection is a double-album presenting a bounty of beautiful new William Parker compositions performed by two of his flagship ensembles, the Quartet -&- In Order To Survive. It was recorded & mixed live during a one-day studio session in late 2016. With the tone of the pieces & performances reflecting our current moment, this is Parker & the groups' follow-up to 2013's epic Wood Flute Songs box (2013). At the core of both groups is Parker's foundational bass together with rhythm twin...

William Parker: bass, trombonium, shakuhachi, compositions
Daniel Carter: trumpet, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Hamid Drake: drums

“Painters Winter features the reconvened trio communion of Daniel Carter, William Parker , and Hamid Drake. Carter & Parker have been perpetual space-ways traveling companions since first meeting & immediately beginning to channel music together in early 1970s NYC.
Their work together in Other Dimensions In Music with Roy Campbell...

William Parker: bass, trombonium, shakuhachi, compositions
Daniel Carter: trumpet, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute
Hamid Drake: drums

“Painters Winter features the reconvened trio communion of Daniel Carter, William Parker , and Hamid Drake. Carter & Parker have been perpetual space-ways traveling companions since first meeting & immediately beginning to channel music together in early 1970s NYC.
Their work together in Other Dimensions In Music with Roy Campbell...

William Parker-bass, Hamid Drake-drums, Rob Brown-alto sax, Lewis Barnes-trumpet.

"William Parker's Quartet is the premier outlet for his (and their) immense and timeless talents. The group's first two albums are universally recognized as still..

"Stan's Hat Flapping In The Wind features work from one of the jazz avant-garde's most heralded figures, presented in one of the most traditional of forms. 19 new songs composed by William Parker, and performed by singer Lisa Sokolov & pianist Cooper-Moore. Parker is -- among his many great talents -- a master of evocative song-craft, as readily evidenced on Corn Meal Dance, and the very recently released Great Spirit, by his Raining On The Moon ensemble. The compositions and performances here are, as...

“That William Parker is a bassist, composer and bandleader of extraordinary spirit and imaginative drive is common knowledge among any with an interest in the progressive jazz scene of the past 25 years or more.
What's become increasingly apparent, though, is Parker's stature as a visionary of sound and song - an artist of melody and poetry who works beyond category, to use the Ellingtonian phrase. The latest multi-disc boxed set from Centering Records/AUM Fidelity devoted to Parker's expansive...

"Live/Shapeshifter is the exemplary new double-album from one of master bassist-composer-improviser William Parker's eternal flagship groups, recorded live & presenting all-new compositions, including the extended suite 'Eternal Is The Voice Of Love', along with a new iteration of the band's theme.
Featuring pianist Cooper-Moore, alto saxophonist Rob Brown and (since 2012) drummer Hamid Drake, In Order To Survive is one of the great jazz groups of the past quarter century. Launched in 1993, In Order..

"Great Spirit 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 & dignity into William's lyrics, and pianist Eri Yamamoto for expert chordal support. Going back a few years, Corn...

This is one of the very top bassists in 'new jazz' leading his group Raining on the Moon: William Parker-bass, Rob Brown-alto saxophone, Lewis Barnes-trumpet, Eri Yamamoto-piano, Leena Conquest-voice, Hamid Drake-drums...

"Mike Pride's From Bacteria To Boys features four of the most startling and beautiful new voices in modern jazz and blurs the lines between forward-looking, groove-based modern jazz, chant works, R&B (R. Kelly, mainly) and 20th/21st century classical...

"The singularly gifted drummer/composer Mike Pride is prolifically active as a leader/accompanist in a wide variety of groups and genres: metal, noise, avant-garde rock, free music, and modern jazz. Pride's deeply inspired and utterly focused modern...

"The 33 minute maximum intensity transformative epic Drummer's Corpse was recorded within the same month as the diametrically opposed (in concept, content and title) Birthday Days, and no pair of records better represent his multifarious artistic...

"David S. Ware's new quartet Planetary Unknown debuted in June 2011 with their self-titled studio communion on AUM Fidelity. That album documented an epic occurrence with major artistic circles between members Ware, Cooper-Moore, William Parker and...

"Live in New York, 2010 presents a tremendous one-night engagement by saxophone colossus David S. Ware and his latter day Trio in an intimate club setting -- the Blue Note on October 4, 2010. Featuring his perennially steadfast musical partner William Parker on bass, and equally incomparable Warren Smith on drums, they were celebrating the recent release of the studio album, Onecept (2010). Having played an electrifying set at Vision Festival in June, this extended night in October was the third and...

"The recording and release of Onecept celebrates David S. Ware's 50th year of singular and profound saxophone artistry; a studio session specifically arranged for same featuring Ware on three horns: saxello, stritch, tenor along with fellow musical....

"The new work from master musician David S. Ware arrives! Shakti is Ware's first new studio recording in almost 6 years, and his first with a new group since his highly esteemed Quartet was disbanded. The Quartet's final performance was documented on...

"The Balance is the fourth edition in the DSW-ARC Series; it presents an outstanding and incendiary David S. Ware concert, in trio with William Parker and Warren Smith. A tenor sax / bass / drums excursion of full intensity from the first note, this suite of spontaneous form was created at NYC's Vision Festival in 2010. Ware had been a perennial at this vital annual gathering since its beginning; this was his first time back since his revered Quartet bid farewell there in 2006, and it was a wholly...

David S. Ware-tenor sax
Joe Morris-guitar
William Parker-bass
Warren Smith-drums

“Théâtre Garonne, 2008 presents a luminous concert from a transitional period in David S. Ware's ever-creative life. His 17-year-longstanding Quartet with Matthew Shipp and William Parker, which had achieved a naturally ascendant and well-earned worldwide acclaim, performed their final concerts on a triumphal European tour in March 2007. Knowing that this end was coming, David had already begun writing..

"Live in Sant'Anna Arresi, 2004 is the 2nd volume in AUM Fidelity's David S. Ware Archive Series, and the first release of the saxophone master in rare duo performance with fellow master of music, pianist Matthew Shipp. Though sharing 17 years together in the legendary David S. Ware Quartet (along with bassist William Parker and a series of drummers), Shipp recalls that he and Ware performed duo concerts perhaps six times at most in that period. Thankfully, on this latter-day occasion, their work...

"Planetary Unknown documents an epic occurrence and its commercial release is itself the same. Major circles arc together and synchronize anew here. Mighty majestic, mackadocious! David S. Ware and company raise the bar on artistic heights, in all...

"The deeply lyrical and prolific pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto returns quickly to record with Firefly, a brand new collection of wholly original and indelible songs, this time performed live in intimate concert, with her decade-long devoted trio of...

“A seed is a star, a star is a seed. Stevie Wonder's cosmically aphoristic title could also describe pianist and composer Eri Yamamoto's Goshu Ondo Suite.
"About two years ago," she writes in the liner notes accompanying her momentous seven-part opus, "I was vacuuming my apartment, and with the rhythm of the movement, I began singing "Goshu Ondo," a traditional circle dance song from Shiga, near Kyoto, Japan." This is how the prolific musician channeled deeply felt resonances with various traditions...

"The last two years marked pianist/composer/bandleader Eri Yamamoto's rise into the consciousness of astute jazz listeners outside of NYC. Her essential appearance on William Parker's eternal Corn Meal Dance was followed by a pair of her own luminous...

"Pianist-composer Eri Yamamoto returns with a bountiful new collection of her singular all-original music, performed with her perennial trio partners of deep empathy, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. As the album title suggests, the material moves through a far range of emotional evocation, from ebullient to thoughtfully introspective, reflecting the absolute vibrancy of her long-time adopted home, New York City, and the importance of finding space within the perpetual motion of the city...

""Eri Yamamoto moved to NYC from Kyoto, Japan in 1995. Eri's growth as a jazz player and composer over the last 10 years is truly phenomenal. Having deeply impressed us last year, AUM Fidelity quickly recorded two albums with her in early 2008. The first