Strings With Evan Parker: Strings With Evan Parker (1998)
Parker’s muscular and patented circular breathing style of attack is noticeably evident on “Double Headed Serpent”, where he advances towards a series of mystifying trance-like sequences, consisting of blazing lines in conjunction with his often-Herculean stamina. Yet as the liners indicate, the saxophonist overdubbed these performances in particular, subsequent to the original Strings-based recording. Here, the string section (and sub groupings) along with various implementations of electronics, bespeak kaleidoscopic textures earmarked with angularity and fervor amid intermittent allusions of gears grinding in some sort of industrial manufacturing plant.
Throughout these often captivating exhibitions, the listener will perhaps rarely encounter any one or two sequences that are repeated for an observable length of time. Basically, the musicians provide us with a glimmering snapshot of improvisational excellence as they perpetuate a hodgepodge of mood-evoking themes via entangled and altogether magnificent fabrics of sound.
Track Listing: 3 CDs 22 pieces: total times: A; 72:31, B; 57:29, C; 63:52
Personnel: Phil Durrant; violin: Kaffe Matthews; violin & electronics: Marcio Mattos; cello: Mark Wastell; cello: John Edwards; double bass: Rhodri Davies; harp: Peter Cusack; bouzouki, guitar & electronics: John Russell; guitar: Hugh Davies; strings, springs & electronics: Evan Parker; soprano saxophone (selected tracks)
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz