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Evan Parker / Urs Leimgruber: Twine (2010)

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Twine, from saxophonists Evan Parker and Urs Leimgruber, is perhaps named for two strands twisted together to make a much stronger thread. The subtitle, however, might just be two saxophonists separated at birth.

Most people familiar with the legendary Parker know his unique sound and reign as the sovereign of freely improvised tenor and soprano saxophone. He has worked in just about every combination from thrilling solo performance to his large Electro-Acoustic Ensembles.

Swiss-born Leimgruber is less well-known; a player with all Parker's tools and eight years his junior, the saxophonist has recorded with the likes of Christy Doran
Christy Doran
Christy Doran
b.1949
guitar
, Fredy Studer
Fredy Studer
Fredy Studer
b.1948
, Marilyn Crispell
Marilyn Crispell
Marilyn Crispell
b.1947
piano
, Joelle Leandre
Joelle Leandre
Joelle Leandre
b.1951
bass
, and as a solo artist, and can be heard on Chicago Solo (Leo, 2010), Albeit (Jazzwerkstatt, 2010) and with OM on Willisau (Intakt, 2010). The pair might not have been separated at birth, but they are certainly brothers of the same mothers.

Parker is now famous for his duo performances with Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
b.1939
reeds
, Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton
b.1945
reeds
, Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy
1934 - 2004
sax, soprano
, and Lol Coxhill
Lol Coxhill
Lol Coxhill
b.1932
sax, soprano
. With Leimgruber, he finds a near perfect DNA match. The pair trades what may be considered Parker-patented flutters, overtones, high-pitched banter, and low swats. Distinguishing one player from the other is difficult as both speak the same language.

The three longish pieces deliver endless fascination. "Twirl" begins with a high register exploration that could easily be a call-and-response from exotic birds. Played until exhaustion, the piece resolves itself with an ornithological silence. Both "Twist" and "Twine" involve interplay and conversation instead of competition. Neither saxophonist chooses to shout to make his point. An astounding recording.

Track Listing: Twine; Twirl; Twist.

Personnel: Evan Parker: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Urs Leimgruber: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone.

Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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