William Parker, Scrapbook

Dylan Hicks

By Dylan Hicks

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
One of ’00s jazz’s great rhythm sections makes you dance and makes you think.

Scrapbook has square dances and funk, gospel and kids 'songs, and it all sounds like Abstract Expressionist folk music. Bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake can make you dance and they can make you think; they might be the finest rhythm section in contemporary jazz. Here they cede center stage to swinging and screeching Vietnam vet Billy Bang, whose violin chases airplanes like dogs chase cars. Watch out, though — once you get hooked on collecting albums by the prolific Mr. Parker, you're in for an expensive (and rewarding) hobby.