A Fireside Chat with Evan Parker
AAJ: The confounding thing about being an Evan Parker aficionado is one could very well be out of house and home attempting to purchase all your recorded documents. And my head would explode thinking just how many bootleg recording of live concerts could be released as well, much like that of your recent North American tour.
EP: (Laughing) Well, the background to the rather serious multi-track recording, comprehensive recording that we've been doing was actually with the idea that Barry Guy should have made this tour. That was the original plan. It was Parker/Guy/Lytton that was to do this tour and for personal reasons, Barry was unable to make it. The plan to record was in association with Maya Recordings, Barry's own label, and some sort of hook up between Maya and Intakt. They wanted to make a very extensive document to mark the whole tour in some rather extravagant way. So we stayed with that plan, but I don't think we can stay with such an extravagant idea. I'm not sure quite what the situation is as far as those recordings. Certainly, we will make one program for the BBC and I am sure there will be one CD from it. It might be a double CD. It really depends on how the material we've got strikes us. Of course, in some places, the pianos were not of the highest quality because very short notice and people that were expecting a group with a bassist had to find a piano. That may be also a factor which limits the appropriateness of using some of the recordings, but we were fortunate in several places there were perfectly good pianos and we have some very good recordings.
AAJ: You are forever young.
EP: (Laughing) I look at the generation of players, is Cecil Taylor old? Technically, maybe his birth certificate says a number, but when he jumps on that piano, what are you hearing? Are you hearing age or are you hearing a vision that is sharper and sharper and more refined? I am looking at that. To me, Fred, it is getting better. Of course, I am getting older, but the music is getting better.