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Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

  • Author: Bradley, Cisco
Cisco Bradley endeavors to pull the diverse parts of the artist's life together in this first ever biography of Parker. It is a monumental task, and like the dozens of biographies of Louis Armstrong... More…



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  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction. "Flowers Grow in My Room": Realizing a Vision 1
  • I. Origins
  • 1. Enslavement and Resistance: From West Africa to the Carolinas to Harlem 15
  • 2. Struggle, Beauty, and Survival: Childhood in the South Bronx 41
  • 3. Consciousness: Art, Politics, and Self in the Mind of a Young Man 61
  • II. Early Work
  • 4. The Loft Scene: Art, Community, and Self-Determination 93
  • 5. "Music That Will Give People Hope": Centering Dance Music with Patricia Nicholson 124
  • 6. "Music Is Supposed to Change People": Working with Cecil Taylor 148
  • III. Toward the Universal
  • 7. "It Is the Job of the Artist to Incite Political Revolution": In Order to Survive 173
  • 8. Into the Tone World: Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra 194
  • 9. Toward a Universal Sound: William Parker Quartet and Raining on the Moon 216
  • 10. Honoring the Elders: Tribute Projects and Other Bands 239
  • 11. All People Need Truth to Survive: Recent Work and Legacy 261
  • Appendix: William Parker Discography 279
  • Notes 291
  • Bibliography 359
  • Index 385