2x3=5 connotes the merging of two trios: pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker, drummer Paul Lovens and Parker's longtime associates, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton. However the thrust behind this fascinating seventy-seven minute presentation, resides within the artists' abilities to regenerate a hodgepodge of sub-themes into a series of propulsive statements marked by their tireless inventions and boundless energy. Whether it is Parker's heated flurries, Von Schilippenbach's flailing arpeggios, or the rhythm sections' vibrant discourses, the musicians' perpetuate kaleidoscopic tapestries of sound amid cyclic passages sans any logical endpoints. Throughout, the band creates tension along with flourishing dialogue yet occasionally ease back on the throttle via an amalgamation of spiked peaks, minimalist-style motifs, counterbalancing elements, and open-ended exchanges. Taken as a whole, this effort is all about unrestrained momentum, spearheaded by polyrhythmic fury as the instrumentalists' discombobulate all semblances of time and space. No doubt, the musicians' stir our imaginations in convincing fashion, whereas the art of deft expressionism in concert with the celebration of the musical spirit strikes a glistening chord on this most important 2001 release. Vigorously recommended.
Track Listing: 1. 2x3=5 (77 Minutes)
Personnel: Evan Parker: saxophones; Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano; Barry Guy: bass; Paul Lovens: drums; Paul Lytton: drums
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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