William Parker

Flowers Grow in My Room

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Following a formative apprenticeship in Cecil Taylor's orchestra and several years spent gigging around New York's free-jazz scene (one that was centered around the legendary performance space the Knitting Factory), bassist William Parker released his first album as a bandleader, 1995's FLOWERS GROW IN MY ROOM. Credited to William Parker and the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, an ever-shifting conglomeration that can feature anywhere from two to a dozen members, these six lengthy make up some of the most exciting free jazz released in the '90s. Parker's years as a sideman were spent well, as there's none of the tentative quality from which so many bandleader debuts suffer. Linked by thematic program-music titles like "Huey Is Left Alone" and "Huey Goes to Coney Island," this collection develops organically, with players coming in and dropping out with kaleidoscopic intensity, helping create a suite-like feeling of tension and release throughout the album.