Evan Parker: Evan Parker with Birds (for Steve Lacy) (2005)
"#1 casts Parker in a hyperreal jungle on soprano. He plays it city night bluesy while cyclic sound and undistorted bird chirps appear with a quiet rhythmic stroke of a vibraphone tone. Weaving familiar birdsong patterns into a shapely improvisation, Parker plays with a poetic restraint. The extended techniques splash accent, his mellow musings recall the session's honoree, Steve Lacy, himself enamored of birds.
"#2, a birdsong bouquet of field recordings, treats the ear as Parker lurks on key-tap percussives and darting patterns mixed to blend seamlessly with the warbling choir. Is it Evan or avian? His mastery of the instrument's sound potentials creates camouflage as Parker insinuates himself into soundscape. One briefly played pattern recalls Paul Horn's early studio improvisations with tapes.
"#3 reveals Frankenbird, with harsh electronic tone emanating around natural bird sounds and Parker's percussives sounding like the trudging ornithologists. "#4 brings the warm tenor out against a background of vinyl record hiss and pop. Some bird, some crackle, and a loopy dog loop provide the soundscape for Parker's introverted song. Town square chimes join circling seagulls and Parker pats pads. Returning to a questioning soprano, Parker essays a haunting melody with a minimum of Coxon and Wales' soundscaping: occasional bird bark, record pop, shimmery electronic swell.
Evan Parker with Birds adds a unique title to Parker's voluminous catalogue, as well as documenting the gleeful boundary jackhammering of Coxon and Wales.
Track Listing: #1, #2, #3, #4.
Personnel: Evan Parker, soprano and tenor saxophones; John Coxon and Ashley Wales, soundscapes.
Record Label: Treader
Style: Modern Jazz