Derek Bailey & Evan Parker: The London Concert (2005)
This release adds over half an hour of music to the original LP release, Incus 16. The concert consisted of two halves, each including solo features which make their debuts here. In the first half Parker plays soprano sax, in the second half tenor. Bailey mainly uses his stereo guitar with two speakers controlled by volume pedals, apart from his extraordinary solo feature in the second half where he plays a modified guitar with (approximately!) nineteen strings. Because of this, many listeners will find this solo almost unrecognisable compared to modern day Bailey, but close listening reveals his usual trademarks, not least his total avoidance of clichés, licks, or anything smacking of pre-preparation. On soprano or tenor, Parker is instantly recognisable as the precursor to his modern day self.
But it is the chance to hear the two masters interacting and bouncing ideas off each other that makes this release historic; it also emphasises the sadness of that day in 1987 when they parted company, seemingly never to play together again. Our loss.
Track Listing: First half solo; Part 1; Part 1A; Part 2; Part 2A; Second Half solos; Part 3; Part 4.
Personnel: Derek Bailey, guitar; Evan Parker, saxophones.
Record Label: Psi
Style: Modern Jazz