2010 NYC Winter JazzFest

January 7, 2010

Three of our clients’ ensembles, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (also playing two sets at Jazz Gallery the following night), the Mary Halvorson Trio and the William Parker Quartet, will be part of the highly anticipated 2010 NYC Winter JazzFest this weekend.

The two-night extravaganza will feature over 50 performances at five different venues in the West Village.

Argue and his acclaimed 18-piece big band will kick off Friday night’s festivities at (Le) Poisson Rouge at 6:20 p.m.

Parker’s all-star quartet, which features Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Rob Brown (alto saxophone) and Hamid Drake (drums), is a last-minute 10:30 p.m. addition to Saturday’s line-up at Sullivan Hall.

Ms. Halvorson’s longstanding trio, with bassist John Hébert and drummer Tomas Fujiwara (sitting in for Ches Smith), will also perform on Saturday night. Their set at Kenny’s Castaways is scheduled to start just after midnight.

Wall Street Journal: Petit Oiseau A 2008 Stand Out

December 29, 2008

In the December 27th issue of the Wall Street Journal, Larry Blumenfeld included the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity) in his list of five standout jazz recordings of 2008.

He writes, “Petit Oiseau is the strongest offering yet from Mr. Parker’s quartet.  This music celebrates free improvisation at its highest level, yet in accessible form; that’s due to the succinct beauty of Mr. Parker’s themes and the force of his bass grooves, most of which would work just as well grounding rhythm-and-blues songs.”

Variety: Petit Oiseau Deserves A Second Listen As One Of The Year’s Best

December 23, 2008

The William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity) has made its way onto a list of nine 2008 releases (from various genres) deserving wider recognition written by Variety‘s Phil Gallo.

He writes, “It’s unlikely anyone owns all of bassist William Parker’s albums as leader — it appears he has released 30 in the past 13 years — but few of his titles possess the start-to-finish cohesion and brawn of Petit Oiseau. Trumpeter Lewis Barnes, drummer Hamid Drake and saxophonist Rob Brown excel at Parker’s request: Engage in a four-way conversation that sounds like one voice without one speaking over the other ‘except when greatly inspired.'”

Mario Pavone And William Parker On Jazz On 3’s Best Jazz CDs Of 2008 Program

December 23, 2008







BBC 3’s Jazz on 3 dedicated last night’s episode to rounding up its choices for the best CDs of 2008, which included the Mario Pavone Double Tenor Quintet’s Ancestors (Playscape Recordings) and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity).

The entire episode can be heard via streaming audio from the show’s Web site for six more days.

Eri Yamamoto And The William Parker Quartet Among Soundcheck’s Top 15 Jazz CDs Of 2008

December 23, 2008







Will Layman, jazz critic for WNYC’s Soundcheck, has named two AUM Fidelity releases to his Top 15 Jazz CDs of 2008 list, Eri Yamamoto’s Duologue and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau.

Avant Music News Ranks Mary Halvorson and William Parker Among 2008’s Ten Best

December 23, 2008












Avant Music News has named the Mary Halvorson Trio’s Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12), William Parker’s Double Sunrise Over Neptune (Arts for Art/AUM Fidelity) and the William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity) to its Top 10 list for 2008.

PopMatters.com Reviews The William Parker Quartet’s Petit Oiseau

December 19, 2008

PopMatters.com jazz critic Will Layman dedicates half of the December edition of his monthly Jazz Today column to the latest William Parker Quartet release, Petit Oiseau (AUM Fidelity).

In his review, posted yesterday, Layman credits Parker’s quartet with creating “stunning new music,” calling it the veteran bassist/composer’s “most accessible and irresistible band.”

Petit Oiseau was released in October of this year,” he writes, “and it extends the quartet’s reach and proves how extraordinary the range of a piano-less group can be in jazz. It is more than one of the finest discs of 2008. It is a stellar piece of work, a mind-bender and a finger-popper at once. Always free but always soulful, the band suggests that it has no limitations.”

Earlier this week, Petit Oiseau was ranked number five on the site’s list of the Best Jazz of 2008.