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Centering discography

This is a discography of albums released on the Centering label from 1980 onwards.

Centering was setup by William Parker around 1980. From around 2000 onwards Centering releases have been distributed by AUM Fidelity.

For more information about Centering and to purchase recent CDs/downloads see the AUM Fidelity website.

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AUM Fidelity albums: AUM 001 - AUM 098         Related labels: Centering | Riti

Centering albums

Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace, william Parker, 1980, Centering 1001

Tracks : Desert Flower, Rattles and Bells and the Light of the Sun, Commitment, Face Still Hands Folded

Musicians : Track 1: William Parker, Arthur Williams, Will Connell, Jr, Daniel Carter, Peter Kuhn, Rozanne Levine, Toshinori Kondo, Dennis Charles / Track 2: William Parker, Arthur Williams, Charles Brackeen, Jemeel Moondoc, Henry Warner, Billy Bang, Roger Baird / Track 3: William Parker, Arthur Williams, John Hagen / Track 4: William Parker, Billy Bang, Ramsey Ameen

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Flowers Grow In My Room, William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, 1994, Centering 1002

Tracks : Huey Is Left Alone, Snowflakes In The Desert, Huey Goes To Coney Island, Flowers Grow In My Room, We Cannot Put Off Being Human Another Day: Part 1 It Is For You (Thicket) / Part 2 Distillation Of Souls / Part 3 It Is For You (Sunrise), Golden Smoke In The Chapel

Musicians : William Parker, Lewis Barnes, Richard Rodriguez, Roy Campbell, Alex Lodico, Masahiko Kono, Steve Swell, Assif Tsahar, Richard Keene, Marco Eneidi, Rob Brown, Will Connell, Chris Jonas, Dave Sewelson, Joe Ruddick, Dave Hofstra, Gregg Bendian, Billy Bang, Leopanar Witlarge, Akira Ando, Hal Onserud, Susie Ibarra, Gregg Bendian

Recorded live between February and July 1994.

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O'Neal's Porch, William Parker Quartet, 2001, Centering 1003

Tracks : Purple, Sun, O'Neal's Porch, Rise, Song For Jesus, Leaf, Song For Jesus 3/4, Moon

Musicians : William Parker, Lewis Barnes, Rob Brown, Hamid Drake

Reiisued on AUM Fidelity in 2002.

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Uncle Joe's Spirit House, william Parker Organ Quartet, 2010, Centering CENT 1004

Tracks : Uncle Joe's Spirit House, Jacques' Groove, Ennio's Tag, Document for LJ, Let's Go Down to the River, Buddha's Joy, The Struggle, Theme for the Tasters, Oasis

Musicians : William Parker, Darryl Foster, Cooper-Moore, Gerald Cleaver

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Crumbling In the Shadows Is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake, William Parker, 2012, Centering CENT 1005/6/7

Tracks : Stained Glass Sky with Dancing Light (for Stan Brakhage), Crumbling in the Shadows is Fraulein Miller's Stale Cake, Equador/Resolution / CD 2: Night Density, Double Mystery, Green Mountains (for Bill Dixon), Philadelphia Clay, Velocity, Pointed Acceptance / CD 3: Sonic Animation, Testimony (for Beb Guerin), Light #3, Dedication ...for Charles Clark 1945-1969 ...& Albert Stinson 1945-1969, The Second Set

Musicians : William Parker

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Essence Of Ellington: Live In Milano, William Parker Orchestra, 2012, Centering CENT 1008/9

Tracks : Introduction by William Parker, Portrait of Louisiana, Essence of Sophisticated Lady / Sophisticated Lady, Take the Coltrane, In a Sentimental Mood, Take the "A" Train / Ebony Interlude, Caravan, The Essence of Ellington

Musicians : William Parker, Roy Campbell, Jr., Matt Lavelle, Steve Swell, Willie Applewhite, Kidd Jordan, Ras Moshe, Rob Brown, Darius Jones, Sabir Mateen, Dave Sewelson, Dave Burrell, Hamid Drake, Ernie Odoom

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Voices in the First Person: Art & language Of Lois Eby, Anne Humanfeld, Jo-Wood Brown, and Marily Sontag, William Parker, 2014, Centering CENT 1010

Publisher notes : William Parker has written a new book of interviews. Voices in the First Person: Art and Language of Lois Eby, Anne Humanfeld, Jo Wood-Brown, and Marilyn Sontag is chance to hear words from four visual artists whose work has inspired and informed that the greatest art is the art of living. While their work is quite distinct, what they have in common is a shared belief that art belongs to all people and is integral or even essential to a well lived life. Art exist to teach us how to live and how we treat each other, which is the foundation for human progress. Visual, art, music and poetry is a reflection of these concepts or rituals. In addition to William Parkerís in-depth interviews with these four women, the book includes beautiful images representative of each artistís work.

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The William Parker Sessionography: A Work in Progress, Rick Lopez, 2014, Centering CENT 1011

Publisher notes : 15 years in the making. Astonishing, profound, worthy of high honors in the field of such research and any all positive adjectives that can be bestowed on such a mighty creation. A labor of both deep love and an exceedingly dedicated nature. This is not a discography (although of course a complete WP discography is a part of it); this is a fully annotated (and lavishly illustrated) record of practically every time that William Parker has ever played a gig, with all and every ensemble, as band member or leader, from 1972 clear through to Vision Festival 2014. This is a vast microcosm of one jazz musician that reveals a macrocosm of jazz during the period of time covered -- an extensive history of jazz through the work schedule of one profound jazz musician and his affiliations with elemental participants in that history. This 8.5"x11" 482-page book, with 370+ illustrations, weighing in at over 3 pounds, was private-press published in an edition of 500 copies.

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Stan's Hat Flapping In The Wind, William Parker, 2015, Centering CENT 1012

Tracks : Footnote to a Dream (for Miguel PiŮero), The End of the World, Hero's Song, Beloved Soul, The Death of Death, Eternal (for Ornette Coleman), Norway, Soul in Heaven (for Butch Morris), When a Sound Dances, Mahalia, Autumn Song, All Love, The Greatest Revolutionary, For Jeanne Lee, Poem for June Jordan, Prayer, Invocation (for David S. Ware), Angel's Tear, Light

Musicians : William Parker, Lisa Sokolov, Cooper-Moore, Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez

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Last updated April 2016