Album: William Parker Quartet, Petit Oiseau, (AUM)

Ornette Coleman-style free jazz is now such an inescapable part of the vernacular of American music that bassist Parker's excellent band seems entirely unforced, able to incorporate elements from reggae and high life quite naturally.

Rob Brown on alto sax and Lewis Barnes on trumpet supply the essential Coleman/Cherry axis, but the real pleasure comes from hearing Parker and drummer Hamid Drake swing freely in any metre they choose. It goes on, though.

Pick of the album: 'Talaps Theme': African groove-thing

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