Ever since the 2009 debut of the Motion Trio, Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado has sought to broaden the options available through the addition of more fire power. On both Burning Live (Jazz Ao Centro, 2012) and The Flame Alphabet (Not Two, 2012), Chicago trombonist Jeb Bishop occupied that berth, his garrulous melodicism proving a winning match to Amado's brusque tenor. Two years on and the reedman has a different collaborator on board, as American trumpeter Peter Evans joins him on a brace of recordings, one live and one in the studio. In this edition of the band the ...read more
Llama Records is a new jazz improvisation label out of Lexington Kentucky. Here, pianist Raleigh Dailey teams with mega-talented trumpeter Peter Evans, cited for his work with the young and insanely hip Mostly Other People Do the Killing band amid high profile stints with saxophonist, composer John Zorn and guitarist Mary Halvorson as the list goes on. Hence, this improvised program is a study in brazen contrasts. Simply put, they intensely explore fertile landscapes as virtually nothing seems out of scope or outside their realm of innovation. With trickling dialogues, menacing cadenzas and swirling exchanges at an ...read more
Given the unorthodox instrumentation, there's a little more than meets the eyes and ears on this quartet effort recorded at a jazz festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Each musician is highly respected within the progressive and avant jazz communities. Yet the band doesn't bridge the playing field with tireless bashing and cacophonous exchanges, which are components that may seem inherent under the assumption that the unorthodox group format may be conducive to a free-form crash and burn contest. On the contrary, they engage in a wide-open platform, tinted with subtle electronics, harrowing soundscapes, nimble contrasts, playful interludes and gushing apexes all ...read more
Much like conceptual artist Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista project, trumpeter Peter Evans, pianist Agustí Fernández, and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson present this all-acoustic improvisation session called Kopros Lithos, or fossilized dung."In 1961, Manzoni set about to produce 90 cans of his own feces as a limited edition art piece. In 2007, one can sold at auction for 124,000 Euro.This project refers to dinosaur droppings, a much prized fossil. Indeed, the group's sound (which is occasionally musical) draws from minimal improvisation, noise, and plenty of surprise. All three players are part of the cutting-edge tradition of improvised music: ...read more
The Peter Evans Quintet's Ghosts acts as a sort of back-to-the-future recording--that is, if the present were 2021. This inaugural release on the trumpeter's own label has a standard trumpet/piano/bass/drums setup, plus the incorporation of real-time, live electronic processing to make up the full quintet. Listening to any recording by Evans often prompts the dubious query, What did I just hear?" since this über-talent is equally comfortable in the worlds of jazz, classical, and free improvisation. Like his compatriot Jon Irabagon, from the reckless post-post-bop band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Evans has talent on loan from ...read more
Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter EvansElectric FruitThirsty Ear2011 Percussionist and improviser Weasel Walter often uses the term face rip" to describe a particularly intense musical experience. In improvised music, you often don't get a blood and guts" approach; free jazz, in many instances, has been squeezed to the point that to remain relevant, it must often have structured erudition applied to it. That's understandable, of course--rarely can a musician go for 40 years blowing his or her lungs out and not look for something else to do, and while ...read more
The meeting of guitarist Mary Halvorson, trumpeter Peter Evans, and drummer Weasel Walter is something more than an informal chinwag and something less than a formal colloquy. These six improvised tracks act as a show-and- tell demonstration of the immense talents of tomorrow's--and, maybe today's--creative giants.In the past few years, Halvorson's trio disc, Dragon's Head (Firehouse 12, 2008), and septet session, Saturn Sings (Firehouse 12, 2010), have been tapped on numerous top ten lists, as has Evans' work with Mostly Other People Do The Killing. Both players have developed extraordinary technique on their instruments and have been featured ...read more
Saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton have playing together in one form or another since 1972. Their longtime association has created improvised magic, and their appearances are legendary. In 2009, the trio shared the stage with trumpet phenom Peter Evans at Casa da Música, and this impressive recording is the result.The Parker/Guy/Lytton trio was first documented on Tracks (Incus, 1983). Since then, they have released multiple discs, the last being Nightwork (Marge, 2010). They have also, from time to time, collaborated with other artists such as pianists Marilyn Crispell and Alexander von Schlippenbach, and ...read more
Recorded at Portugal's Jazz em Agosto Festival in August of 2009, Live in Lisbon captures Peter Evans' longstanding quartet in concert, deconstructing a program of reconfigured standards--a regular feature of the New York-based trumpeter's oeuvre. Using classic American Songbook tunes as the basis for the quartet's freewheeling improvisations, Evans dismantles familiar melodies, harmonies and rhythms, rearranging them into kaleidoscopic panoramas that transpose wistful nostalgia into surreal futurism.
Evans' modular approach towards spontaneous composition evolves in a state of continuous transformation, as each member of the ensemble simultaneously contributes to the collage-like atmosphere. Employing key elements of recognizable standards ...read more
Far from unprecedented, solo trumpet records are still not part of humdrum experience. Since his revelatory debut More is More (psi, 2006), Peter Evans has pitted himself against a widening swathe of improvisers in both North America and Europe, while at the same time affectionately dismantling the jazz tradition with his own Quartet and Moppa Elliott's Mostly Other People Do The Killing. For his second take on the genre, Evans utilizes two different approaches on this double CD: the first disc is recorded with multiple mics to capture breathing and vocalizations as well as trumpet sounds while the second was ...read more
Peter Evans' previous solo album, More is More (Psi, 2006), began an unbroken sequence of releases that demonstrates why the trumpeter is increasingly regarded with a mixture of awe and wonder. That solo album was followed by his debut as a leader, The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12, 2007) and Check for Monsters (Emanem, 2009), featuring a fine chamber improv trio with cellist Okkyung Lee and multi-instrumentalist Steve Beresford. These albums have been backed up by a variety of gigs at least as impressive as the recordings.
Nature/Culture continues the winning streak by returning to solo improvisation. It manages to ...read more
Recorded in New York and Philadelphia on a mini-tour in March 2008, this Anglo-American-Korean trio brings together superb improvisers who are not immediately obvious as a compatible threesome but who combine together to stunning effect. Pianist Steve Beresford, the trio's elder statesman, surely needs no introduction; leaving aside his other music, his work with the London Improvisers Orchestra and with Evan Parker guarantees him almost legendary status as an improviser.
Although he works in other musical areas, New York-based trumpeter Peter Evans may be best known as an improviser from his solo album More is More (Psi, 2006), on which ...read more
Peter Evans-Weasel Walter Group Oculus Ex Abyssus Ug Explode Records 2008 Peter Evans / James Fei / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter Evans/Fei/Smith/Walter Ug Explode Records 2008 Peter Evans / Tom Blancarte Sparks Creative Source Recordings 2008
Over the last several years, trumpeter Peter Evans has emerged as an exciting voice from the next generation of creative improvisers. Not yet 30, he's developed a broad sonic vocabulary: from ...read more
The exclamation mark which adorns the cover of Peter Evans Quartet's debut and, quintupled, gives the title for the opening piece, has never been more appropriate. Watch out. This is a record not to be messed with. The band explodes out of the starting gate and rarely let up over the course of the fifty-five minute set.
This disc confirms the Firehouse 12 label's fast-developing reputation for left field offerings recorded in luminous sound which handsomely repay in-depth listening.
While Evans' compositions draw upon harmonic material lifted directly from standards, they betray just a ghostly resonance of their source. That ...read more
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