Literary Nonfiction. Music. Book + CD. Interviews. Photographs by Jacques Bisceglia. During the last 12 years, William Parker interviewed 32 of his friends and colleagues, artists and musicians."There is a special level of trust and understanding that artists reach when speaking with other artists. William Parker goes deep in these one-on-one conversations to reveal brilliance, truth, wit, humanity and a relaxed eloquence that is both illuminating and a fascinating read. CONVERSATIONS sheds long overdue light on some of the most important musicians of our time and in so doing presents us with an essential piece of the creative music puzzle. This is oral history at its best."—John ZornCD includes CD excerpts from the interviews and William Parker bass solos, total time: 68:40. Edited by Ed Hazell.
William Parker was born and raised in the Bronx, and has resided in the Lower East Side since 1975. He has studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. Parker has been a key figure in the NY creative jazz scene. Renowned as a composer, improviser, and a bassist, Parker is also an educator and author. During Parker's prolific career, he has recorded over 150 albums, had countless celebrated stage appearances, and helped shaped the jazz scene for both his peers and the youth. Parker is the author of CONVERSATIONS (Rogue Art, 2011) and CONVERSATIONS II: DIALOGUES AND MONOLOGUES (Rogue Art, 2015), as well as WHO OWNS MUSIC? (buddy's knife jazzedition, 2008).Author City: New York, NY USA