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Window Sprits

Artist: J.D. Parran
J. D. Parran - Window Sprits CD
Label: Mutable Music
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $5.98 
Year: 2010
Format: CD


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"JD Parran is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, who has mastered a wide variety of woodwind instruments (from the familiar tenor saxophone to the rarely heard alto clarinet, E-flat contrabass clarinet, bass saxophone and bamboo flute). He has appeared on more than 50 recordings over the last three decades, including collaborations with The Band, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Anthony Davis, Julius Hemphill, New Winds, Yoko Ono, Bill Dixon, Andrew Hill and Stevie Wonder among many others. His previous releases are, Kokopilau (duo CD with poet Michael Castro on Freedonia Music), and also JD Parran & Spirit Stage featuring the poetry of Shirley LeFlore and Omegathorp: Living City (co-led with Mark Deutsch) both available on the Y'All label. He is also a veteran educator who lectures at City University of New York (CUNY) and teaches clarinet and saxophone at Harlem School for the Arts. In addition to his teaching and performing careers, he has been commissioned as a composer by organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the Helen W. Buckner Foundation."-Mutable Music

"This recorded solo performance, Window Spirits, manifests memories, dreams and feelings expressed in my life through music. Here, on this plain called life, we can experience existence on level ground with the ancestors." -JD Parran

"J.D. represents the ideal performer of my music. He combines a profound understanding of the composer's intention with an expressive individual voice that is both nuanced and dramatic."- Anthony Davis

This truly wonderful new release by JD Parran, performing solo, was recorded live at the Kampo Cultural Center. The event was a celebration of Parran's 50 years of music making. For a composer and performer who has played for so long and with so many people this solo CD -- luminous, lyrical, and difficult -- is long-overdue. Playing a variety of instruments, Parran focuses on improvisations of the moment: visions of his solo compositions developed during his years of creative music work. He also takes the opportunity to perform works by Anthony Davis and James Jabbo Ware, composers who have written for Parran and featured his instrumental voice in their music.
JD Parran (double wooden flutes, bass saxophone, clarinet, alto flute, mbira)
1. Processional 4:55
2. Helmut's Challenge 6:05
3. Emotions 5:59
4. Parenthetically 4:46
5. Chang Gang 6:56
6. Solo for Alto Clarinet 6:40
7. C80 7:22
8. Spearmanon 9:40
9. 3 x Spearman 4:29
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