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Spontaneous by William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

Bassist William Parker’s large ensemble is known for its vociferous, free form excursions. In the liners, Parker sets the tone for this set via his lighthearted, depiction of the spontaneous element that serves as the basis for the album. Featuring a seven-man horn section, tubaist Dave Hofstra, six woodwind players and two drummers, the band embarks upon a sequence of blistering choruses and sweeping rhythms.

At times, the music evolves into some sort of time-elapsed sequence of events. As the artists perform in a loosely organized manner. However, an abundance of tonal contrasts and blustery patterns, provide a distinct sense of structure or underlying continuity to the overall program. Thus, a burning undercurrent prevails amid the hornists’ polytonal voicings and counterbalancing exchanges.

Parker leads his band-mates through torrid swing vamps and variable pulses, yet the music is a study in perpetual motion guided by the soloists’ blaring lines. A high-octane effort for sure, although there’s a noticeable bonding process that occurs, which is a trait that has become a staple of this unit’s line of attack. Either way, it’s heartening musical journey, unbounded by any inhibitions or stringently mandated rules. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra
  • CD Title: Spontaneous
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Splasc(H) Records
  • Tracks: Spontaneous Flowers, Spontaneous Mingus
  • Musicians: Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Roy Campbell (trumpet), Matt Lavelle (trumpet), Dick Griffin (trombone), Masahiko Kono (trombone), Alex Lodico (trombone), Steve Swell (trombone), Rob Brown (reeds), Darryl Foster (reeds), Ori Kaplan (reeds), Sabir Mateen (reeds), Dave Sewelson (reeds), Charles Waters (reeds), Dave Hofstra (tuba), William Parker (bass), Andrew Barker (drums), Guillermo E. Brown (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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