Eri Yamamoto, Chad Fowler, William Parker, Steve Hirsh “Sparks”

Sparks shines from the opening notes of Eri Yamamoto’s piano until the last percussive trickles from William Parker’s bass and Steve Hirsh’s drumset. This may be the first time this ensemble, which also includes Chad Fowler on saxello and stritch, played together, but their intertwined chemistry speaks volumes. Throughout Sparks, the quartet use ad-libbed melodies as jumping-off points to map out empty spaces to break free. On … Continue reading Eri Yamamoto, Chad Fowler, William Parker, Steve Hirsh “Sparks”

Dopolarians “The Bond”

Gospel blessings welcome you instantly into the open arms of Dopolarians’ spiritual beacon, The Bond. On this magical recording, the sextet of William Parker, Brian Blade, Kelley Hurt, Chad Fowler, Christopher Parker, and Marc Franklin set the stage, get comfortable and then rip the roof off in a bountiful exorcism of free-flowing expression rife with emotion and catharsis. The Bond is an absolute force. William Parker and Brian … Continue reading Dopolarians “The Bond”