Evan Parker: Lines Burnt In Light (2001)
It is over a decade since Parker released an album of solo soprano pieces, and one has to go back to Conic Sections in 1989 for a release similar to this. ( Lines Burnt in Light has monochrome graphic design strongly reminiscent of the Parker 70's solo albums Saxophone Solos and Monoceros, originally released on Incus. Excellent as they were, this music is a quantum leap up from them.) For a while, Parker has been planning to release some solo sax (and recorded some studio pieces a few years ago), but this release has appeared amazingly quickly, testament to Parker's own enthusiasm for the music here.
The music dates from the Strings with Evan Parker concert held at All Angels church in West London in October 2001. On that night, the audience sat spellbound as Parker blew like a man possessed, using circular breathing to generate a power that was exhausting to witness. He played the acoustics of the fine old church as much as he played the soprano sax, and this recording has captured the sound and atmosphere of the event faithfully. Most memorably, Parker played with a combination of speed and sureness that truly seemed paranormal, surely using some part of his brain beyond rationality or consciousness. Indeed, it seemed that to engage rational thought would cause the whole thing to crash. Psi indeed.
Track Listing: Line 1 (27:23);Line 2 (12:30);Line 3(22:20)
Personnel: Evan Parker, soprano saxophone.
Record Label: Psi
Style: Modern Jazz