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multitonal free jazz renaissance that encompasses the music of the rainforests

New World Pygmies Vol. 2 is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between Parker & saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc. Veterans from Sam Rivers' legendary loft encounters of the 1970s, Parker & Moondoc grapple with a multitonal free jazz renaissance that encompasses the music of the rainforests. Blues-based & cross-cultural, their sonic conversations follow a decidedly non-western logic that unfolds with eccentric passion & dramatic power. Moondoc's narratives on alto & soprano are wildly emotive, as is his expansive discourse with Parker. Parker himself is typically profound, dueling with Moondoc via intuitive basswork as well as blowing double reed instruments from France (the bombard) & Barcelona (the gralle). Drake, who enjoys an obvious rapport with Parker (& Moondoc), contributes admirably, playing quite freely & with vigorous imagination throughout disc two, which was recorded live at the Velvet Lounge in Chicago. Mitch Myers, Downbeat

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