Composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, griot, improviser and community leader William Parker presents a pair of brand new trio albums which further expound on his limitless vision. One of the iconic and enduring music leaders to emerge in the world over the last half century, William Parker continues to raise the bar higher. 'Mayan Space Station' is his first electric guitar trio album, and features Parker on bass, alongside Ava Mendoza (electric guitar), and Gerald Cleaver (drums). Cosmic multi-hued blues, perfect for space and time travel. The unparalleled rhythmic firmament created by Parker & Cleaver is matched by Mendoza in full flight. All of the promise imagined by a trio recording of these musicians with compositions by Parker is delivered to the fullest.
Mendoza's prodigious talents have illuminated many projects and recordings as both leader and collaborator over the past decade. As is certainly clear here, she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Gerald Cleaver is an exceptionally gifted poet of drum sound who can play in the deepest of pockets and manifest all manner of sound to perfectly fit contours within the most open of forms. Cleaver & Parker have worked closely on numerous projects, notably within the nonpareil full-improvising trio, Farmers By Nature, together with Craig Taborn. William Parker is in vibrant grandmaster blossom here on double bass - in both pizzicato & bow-as-prism modes.