Even if you don't buy William Parker's theories about cosmic music toppling the music-business oligarchy, you've got to admire the man's untempered commitment to his art. There are no dead spaces in his canon.
This two-disc set by Parker's 17-piece Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra is no different. Picking up on Sun Ra's interstellar pairing of full-throttle big-band jams and surprisingly catchy melodies -- there's even June Tyson-sound-alike howling on James Baldwin To The Rescue -- Mayor Of Punkville is an exhausting listen. The horn overload can take over occasionally, and some editing could have made this a tremendous single disc rather than a strong double, but Parker's driving ambition carries the project. Ignore him at your peril.