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Charles Mingus said jazz was a word invented to separate musicians from their money. Music for a Free World brings us together, drawing listeners to the healing power of smooth free jazz. Each week, surprise guests bring their own sides to spin and their instruments of choice to spontaneously jam.

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Options February 6, 2021: William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
William Parker  Villages, Greetings and Prayer   Options Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks  Aum Fidelity     
William Parker / Raining on the Moon  Bowlof Stone Around the Sun   Options Great Spirit  Aum Fidelity    0:15:38 (Pop‑up)
William Parker  Eternal (for Ornette Coleman)   Options Stan's Hat Flappng in the Wind  Aum Fidelity  Performed by Lisa Sokolov and Cooper-Moore  0:25:19 (Pop‑up)
William Parker  Souls Have Fallen Like Rain   Options Red Giraffe With Dreadlocks  Aum Fidelity    0:27:19 (Pop‑up)
William Parker Orchestra  Essence of Ellington   Options Essence of Ellington - Live in Milano  Centering Music    0:43:12 (Pop‑up)
Willam Parker  Bouqet for Borah   Options Voices Fall From The Sky  Centering Music    0:56:13 (Pop‑up)
Southern Satellites  Criminals in the White House / Robin Hood   Options Live LPR  Unreleased    1:47:52 (Pop‑up)
William Parker  A Great Day to Be Dead   Options Blue Limelight  Aum Fidelity  https://williamparker.bandcamp.com/album/migration-of-silence-into-and-out-of-the-tone-world-volumes-1-10  2:36:36 (Pop‑up)
William Parker  Tea Leaves of Tripple Sadness   Options Ceremonies for Those Who are Still  Aum Fidelity    2:41:20 (Pop‑up)
William Parker & Dave Sewelson  Too Bah   Options live on WFMU  GTDR Records and Tapes    2:50:11 (Pop‑up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm WR:

Jan 2019, first Sewelson show in WFMU archive is with William Parker. so much has happened since then. looking forward to hear what is chosen for today's show. Hello Dave, hello William, hello free worlders
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05pm Dave Sewelson:

Yep, WR, WP kicked it off for us...2 years it is...who knows what will happen next....
  2:08pm northguineahills:

Here listening while playing mini-golf, my first recreational activity that I can be socially distant, since October.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:08pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave & William
and Free worldlings
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:09pm Dave Sewelson:

ngh....hole in one is predicted
Avatar 2:09pm Sem:

Hiya, Dave, your special guest, Mr. Parker, and WR, whom I see around the boards on all the streams.
And NGH!
Avatar 2:09pm Sem:

----coel, slipping in there---
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:09pm Dave Sewelson:

sealy....worldingalling
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:09pm Andrew Waterloo:

good afternoon
  2:10pm lisasokolov:

This is so beautiful So listening forward to this show. Hello Dave. Hello William. Great to be here today to hear you both.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Dave Sewelson:

Sem in the stream
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm coelacanth∅:

hey Sem. 'slippery in there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Dave Sewelson:

Andrew!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Dave Sewelson:

warm welcome lisa....
  2:11pm lisasokolov:

xo ;-)
Avatar 2:15pm StringOFperils:

Helene, my partner, who doesn't really listen to jazz or things 'avant' necessarly, is RAVING about this. And I love it too. Thank you....and hello, Dave, honoured venerable guest, and everyone.:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:16pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah Stringy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:18pm Doug Schulkind:

Music For a Free World, megaphone for the exalted. It is a joy and a privilege to be here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:18pm WR:

Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay on vocal on that first track
www.discogs.com...
from this Wm. Parker set
www.discogs.com...
  2:20pm Chad Fowler:

Hi Dave and William. Nice to be with you virtually today.
  2:22pm Anders Griffen:

check, check...
  2:22pm Anders Griffen:

it's working
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm WR:

Perennial Parker collaborator Leena Conquest on vocal
www.discogs.com...
  2:23pm Chad Fowler:

Mr Griffen :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:24pm WR:

those are available on bandcamp but discogs is easier to search....
  2:28pm cooper-moore:

Yo!
  2:29pm lisasokolov:

Hey Cooper Moore. Missing you all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:32pm Dave Sewelson:

Chad, Anders!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:33pm Dave Sewelson:

yo...cooper moore
  2:34pm DavidJ:

Hi Dave William and all!
  2:34pm Andrea Wolper:

Listening in from down the street(ish). Greetings, Dave & William. Thank you for the music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:38pm coelacanth∅:

wow we've got a star-studded comments board today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dave Sewelson:

DavidJ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:39pm Dave Sewelson:

Anrdea is in the hood....
Avatar 2:40pm duke:

Hello Mr Sewelson and Mr. Parker. I'm sad that I missed the first part of the show. I'll catch up on the archives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm Dave Sewelson:

duke!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm Dave Sewelson:

DOUG!!!!! you snuck in the back...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51pm WR:

this essence of Ellington is on bandcamp, here is general link to some of Mr. Parker's releases on bandcamp.

williamparker.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm Doug Schulkind:

Dave, I headed straight for the snacks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:01pm chresti:

Hi Dave and William and free world!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm coelacanth∅:

the snacks are kickin'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm coelacanth∅:

hi chrestì
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:05pm chresti:

Hi coel!
Avatar 3:06pm northguineahills:

ok, first the stereo app for the mother ship stopped working four days ago. Now, the GTDS app stream stopped working. I need to contact Kenzo....(other streams still working, and I have 5 bars).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm Doug Schulkind:

@northguineahills
The WFMU app is working fine with the latest upgrade on my Iphone — version 5.5.1 (350). What device are you using and what version of the app?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm chresti:

ngh, the app on my phone stopped working after it updated, I am streaming with the pop-up player. My iphone 6 finally hit the update wall,@12.5
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:12pm coelacanth∅:

it snows if you like snow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:14pm coelacanth∅:

my heaven has the same variety of weather that i experience now, only never at a bad time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:15pm chresti:

*The wfmu app updated a couple days ago, many are having trouble on older phones.
  3:17pm cooper-moore:

Cathedral of St. John Devine
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:18pm coelacanth∅:

they had to start packing heat when Mingus was with them!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:22pm Brian in UK:

Hello Dave & William.
Avatar 3:23pm devingraymusic:

yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm Brian in UK:

Sometimes taking can be harder than giving.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24pm Dave Sewelson:

devin and Brian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm Dave Sewelson:

www.dukeupress.edu...
  3:26pm Linda Lee:

hello!! so glad to hear you both!!
  3:27pm Linda Lee:

i'd love reading this book.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm coelacanth∅:

30 bucks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm Jeff Golick:

This is the place to be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:29pm coelacanth∅:

hollywood babylon is said to be 1/2 bullshit though
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm WR:

aumfidelity.com...

from Aum Fidelity site, record company William associated with.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:30pm WR:

oh, and that is to the book.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm Jeff Golick:

AUM Fi also on bandcamp: aumfidelity.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:32pm Dave Sewelson:

The Book
www.dukeupress.edu...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:34pm Doug Schulkind:

Is this the greatest thing I have ever heard on the radio?
  3:41pm Linda Lee:

yes!
  3:41pm Anders Griffen:

we're listening
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm Jeff Golick:

YES. But not taking notes, no.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41pm chresti:

I'm listening!
Avatar 3:41pm StringOFperils:

Are you kidding man? I'm glued to this shit!!!
  3:41pm lisasokolov:

Oh yes we are.
  3:41pm Anders Griffen:

I'm taking notes ; )
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm coelacanth∅:

i'm sure every week there are people listening that don't check in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:42pm Brian in UK:

Dave the future & past are foreign lands.
  3:43pm lisasokolov:

I am smiling ear to ear. Making my day.
Avatar 3:43pm StringOFperils:

*pardon my uncouth tongue
  3:44pm Jacinda:

This is aMAZEing
  3:46pm Linda Lee:

'Bowery Rouge'~ there's a great name for somethin'
  3:47pm mike cooper:

Listening here is Spain William in case you are worried Tell us your Italian touring stories please...:-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm fred:

I unlurk because I just saw that there has been a recording of show (www.discogs.com...) from 2008. I was at that show, the only time I got to see William Parker
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm Dave Sewelson:

Linda...yeah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm Dave Sewelson:

Jacinda....thanks
  3:49pm Andrea Wolper:

Agghhhh it stopped playing on my phone. I
missed a bunch. Back now, whew! This is fabulous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Dave Sewelson:

fred is lurking
  3:50pm Linda Lee:

this is beautiful. thanks for sharing the recording!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Dave Sewelson:

Andrea!...it shall be archived for eternity.......
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Jeff Golick:

The Rick Lopez sessionography has this, June 30, 2010:
10.06.30 (1) - William Parker's Southern Satellites: Rob Brown (as), Lewis Barnes (tp), Asim Barnes (g), Isis Rosario (voc),
Parker (b), Hamid Drake (dr) / Vision Festival, 8:00pm, Le Poisson Rouge, NYC [www.visionfestival.org]
10.06.30 (2) - Akron/Xtended/Family featuring Hamid Drake & William Parker: Seth Olinsky (g, voc), Dana Janssen (b, voc),
Parker (b), Drake and Miles Seaton (dr) / Vision Festival, 10:00pm, Abrons Arts Center, NYC [www.visionfestival.org]
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50pm Dave Sewelson:

mike...we will see
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:51pm coelacanth∅:

but... did William get the sweater back?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:51pm Jeff Golick:

(link: www.bb10k.com...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:52pm chresti:

Maybe his mom made another one?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:53pm fred:

I'm more reading than lurking. Strangely, lockdown got me way behind on reading the magazines I subscribe to (no commute). So I try to catch up on weekends
  3:53pm Linda Lee:

that's a a lovely photograph! what a nice room!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:55pm chresti:

I was looking at that, LL, lot of stuff to make sounds with.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm chresti:

*and wear on your head.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm Dave Sewelson:

he never got the sweater back....his mother made him another...(a blue one)
  3:56pm headcleaner:

just tuning in ... what a fine spot to jump in on ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Dave Sewelson:

welcome headcleaner..
Avatar 3:58pm Sem:

Can't turn the volume up any higher. Wonderful show, Dave and William.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm Brian in UK:

Relentless
Avatar 4:05pm duke:

Clapping along!
  4:12pm Anders Griffen:

Really makes me miss being out with people in the city, playing a gig, catching a show, meeting people, good vibes ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm WR:

U never know who is listening. i listened to WFMU first in 85. listened semi-regular from 96, regularly from 2000, online including drummer stream starting in 2016 but no comments until 2019. but i am not the pimp with the ocelot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:15pm WR:

is that Dave honking now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:16pm Dave Sewelson:

WR...that was Dave....
  4:19pm Dean:

Iceberg Slim?
Avatar 4:20pm Sem:

Diet lettuce?
  4:20pm The Rosners:

So happy this is on right now. Pi Recordings HQ is tuned in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah Dean
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:21pm Dave Sewelson:

The Rosners!
  4:22pm The Rosners:

Thanks Dave. We’re a household in harmony at the moment.
  4:26pm lisasokolov:

give us initials my friend
  4:27pm The Rosners:

Who’s booking you overseas now William or who was pre-pandemic?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30pm chresti:

It's a control thing, lateness
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33pm coelacanth∅:

sometimes chresti. only sometimes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm WR:

true, once music has really touched you, that place is always there for you.

i got my copy on Monday of the new set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm coelacanth∅:

for many people it's being overwhelmed, trying to get stuff done. seeing you have 8 minutes and trying to squeeze another accomplishment in there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37pm coelacanth∅:

- or forgetting to pack your book that want to return until you're walking out the door, then not being able to find it.
. . .
  4:40pm headcleaner:

music is my rock, my light, my sanity. this show proves it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:41pm coelacanth∅:

- or budgeting your time poorly then rushing in the last 15 minutes and in the process dropping a glass bowl which shatters, and you have to clean it now because there's a dog in the house . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:41pm coelacanth∅:

haha... etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm coelacanth∅:

i can imagine Miles Davis overwhelmed, trying to fit more in a piece of time than there's room for; though with him it could've been a control thing as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Gina Bacon:

Hi Dave, William and Saturday people!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm chresti:

Franco had an aunt that was always late to family dinners. My brother is that way too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm chresti:

Hi Gina!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:48pm Dave Sewelson:

The Gig Thursday.
www.artsforart.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm Doug Schulkind:

Gina Bacon is up next. The party shifts here: wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm Gina Bacon:

Thanks, Dave!! I'm ready!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm coelacanth∅:

i think there may be a difference in the reasons for folks who are regularly a little late, and those that are very late.
if someone is always an hour or 2 late there must be at work there a disrespect for the people waiting on him/her.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm coelacanth∅:

and for the record chrestì not all of the examples i gave ^ apply to me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm Dave Sewelson:

Gina is next

wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm coelacanth∅:

(i was pretty bad a few decades ago though)
  4:52pm headcleaner:

that's what it is in the business world (showing up late) - a way of marking "status"
  4:53pm lisasokolov:

Thanks guys. This has been a brilliant afternoon. I am listening with Ellen Christi. Wonderful day. xox
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm coelacanth∅:

true, headcleaner. as with the mafia
  4:53pm Andrea Wolper:

Thank you, Dave & William. This has been a tonic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm chresti:

Time managing skills, I guess, is a big factor. I'm someone who waits until the last minute to get things done, but usually I arrive early to appointments, work, etc.
Avatar 4:54pm duke:

Thanks Dave and William. Wonderful show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:54pm Gina Bacon:

Thank you, Doug & Dave! (:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm coelacanth∅:

i show up between a few minutes early to a couple late, depending on the distance i have to travel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:55pm WR:

you guys are too bah much and that's the qay i like it.

thank you Dave and William!
Avatar 4:55pm StringOFperils:

I always bring a book, so no one takes my time, and if it bugs them when they get there, then I know it's time to say see you later.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm coelacanth∅:

i was once terrible though, until a girlfriend gave me a watch for my birthday and i realised it was for her not me, and that it must really bum her out. so i changed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:56pm Dave in VT:

I can't believe I missed this show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm chresti:

Thank you Dave and William!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm coelacanth∅:

StringO i carry a book too. no wasted time.
Avatar 5:00pm StringOFperils:

Anyway, before it is too late, thanks a lot for three great hours!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Dave! Thanks William!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Doug Schulkind:

One for the ages, Dave. Blessings, William.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm coelacanth∅:

oh man...just listened to september song yesterday. (not that version)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm Dave Sewelson:

Thanks go all you LISTENEARS!
  5:01pm headcleaner:

thanks william + dave - this was very special
  5:01pm The Rosners:

Thanks Gina. Is this Ribot playing Zorn?
  5:02pm ?:

Thanks for the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm Brian in UK:

Thanks Dave & William. Time briefly stopped.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:05pm Doug Schulkind:

@The Rosners
Gina is over here: wfmu.org...
  2:21pm Dave Soldier:

Wow, what gorgeous art. Thank you William and Dave!
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