Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Zafiro (2006)
Fans of improvisation should be familiar with the language that this trio utilizes and undoubtedly created. Newcomers certainly can find an easy entry point into this music, as these three masters present a very sympathetic vibe through their interplay. Their forty years of collaboration in groups from duos to the London Jazz Composer's Orchestra, plus each player's leadership of individual projects, seems to always be summed up in any of this trio's encounters.
Their previous live recordings of note are Atlanta (Impetus, 1986), At The Vortex (Emanem, 1996) and At Les Instants Chavirés (Psi, 1997). Like these releases, this Barcelona live recording from March 2006 brings the energy of the "live" experience to the listener. The single piece "Zafiro, plus an encore, range from full-on dissonance to contemplative silences. In between, the players split off into duos and solo sections that deliver a very satisfying experience.
Repeated spins disclose the non-obvious, the buried treasure of the supporting musicians' backing. Behind the circular breathing of Evan Parker's saxophone, you can feel the pulse of Barry Guy's thoughts or the rattle and shake of Lytton's presentation, all of which is candy for the ear.
Track Listing: Access Point: ID 1 [start]; ID 2 [bass; perc]; ID 3 [enter tenor sax]; ID 4 [perc. solo]; ID 5 [enter bass]; ID 6 [enter soprano sax]; ID 7 [soprano sax solo]; ID 8 [bass; perc]; ID 9 [enter soprano sax]; ID 10 Zafiro Encore.
Personnel: Evan Parker: soprano and tenor saxophones; Barry Guy: bass; Paul Lytton: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Maya
Style: Modern Jazz