Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Alan Silva and William Parker A Heroes Welcome (Eremite, 1998)

Silva and Parker are best known as the first call bassists for avant-garde jazz for their particular generations. Silva performed with such luminaries as Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor and Parker is best known for his long stint as the bassist in the David S. Ware Quartet. What is particularly interesting about this live duet performance, is that Silva stays away from the bass for the most part, creating huge slabs of orchestral sounding music using digital MIDI keyboards, and interjecting pointed comments with acoustic piano. Parker holds the whole concept together and keeps it from flying off into the void on bass, switching with aplomb between plucked and bowed bass. It is an interesting concept that sounds something like Sun Ra would have tried if he had turned his hand to avant garde classical composition.

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