Evan Parker: The Two Seasons
But Parker, who sticks to tenor throughout both of these discs except for the third section of "Summer," the extended piece that takes up disc two, seems once again (as on the recent After Appleby from Leo Records) to be in a relatively meditative mood. That's not to say that his tenor flights here are any less coiled and intense than they usually are - especially on disc one's "Winter." But there are considerable stretches of "Summer" that seem to breath calmer air, and on which Parker discovers some quite ravishing music. See especially part ii, where he builds some impressive lyrical structures over Edwards' bowing. Is the Lion mellowing? Is the old renegade coming home? No - the differences I'm talking about are perhaps infinitesimal between this disc and, say, Imaginary Values from 1993. But perhaps he is in a certain sense emphasizing and recapitulating some of the musical possibilities of the discoveries he's made over the last thirty years. Both of these discs are, in any case, fascinating and beautiful, with superb playing from all three musicians.
Evan Parker, ts, ss; John Edwards, b; Mark Sanders, perc.
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz