Sunrise in the Tone World

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Sunrise in the Tone World
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Live album by William Parker
Released 1997
Recorded January 15 & 29, February 19 & 26, 1995
Venue Knitting Factory, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 121:41
Label AUM Fidelity
Producer William Parker, Steven Joerg
William Parker chronology
Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy
(1996)Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy1996
Sunrise in the Tone World
Lifting the Sanctions
(1997)Lifting the Sanctions1997

Sunrise in the Tone World is an album by American jazz double bassist William Parker, which was recorded live in 1995 and released on the AUM Fidelity label.

This is the second recording by William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, a big band founded in January 1994. The ensemble takes its name from Huey Jackson, a fledgling poet who died before he turned 18. "Voice Dancer Kidd" is dedicated to Kidd Jordan. "Sunship for Dexter" is for Dexter Gordon. "The Painter and the Poet" is a duet between Marco Eneidi and Gregg Bendian.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

In his review for AllMusic, Don Snowden states "The freewheeling 25-piece (plus guests) unit can be a lumbering behemoth, but one that's very nimble on its feet, and this strong two-CD set meets a prime goal of this music by taking the listener on a musical and emotional voyage."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes that "Their roots are in Trane's Ascension, in Mingus' sprawling big bands and in Sun Ra's Arkestra; but they also had strong affinities with Butch Morris' conducted improvisation and with Anthony Braxton mythic-realist fantasy pieces."[3]

The JazzTimes review by Fred Bouchard states "This 20-piece ensemble develops a powerful synergy out of strong if inchoate ideas of a humanistic and creative revolution welling from the heart and bowels of Brooklyn."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by William Parker.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Sunrise in the Tone World" – 12:14
  2. "The Bluest J" – 26:05
  3. "Voice Dancer Kidd" – 7:44
  4. "Mayan Space Station" – 14:10

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Hiey Sees Light Through a Leaf" – 40:10
  2. "Sunship for Dexter" – 9:55
  3. "And Again" – 5:40
  4. "The Painter and the Poet" – 5:43


Special Guests:


  1. ^ Sunrise in the Tone World at AUM Fidelity
  2. ^ a b Snowden, Don. William Parker – Sunrise in the Tone World: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1161. ISBN 0140515216. 
  4. ^ Bouchard, Fred. Sunrise in the Tone World review at JazzTimes