241

Peter Evans: Nature/Culture

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
Peter Evans: Nature/Culture 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 documented in a manner akin to his solo recitals.

Though featuring the same dazzling array of techniques, this latest bulletin from the solo trumpet coalface adds a greater sense of purpose conveyed through more naturally unfolding structures. Like label boss and mentor Evan Parker, circular breathing is central to Evans' solo oeuvre, enabling him to trade in continuous sonic streams which are more akin to electronics or amplified insects in their freedom from the need to draw breath. Evans piles timbres and textures one atop another in dizzying profusion until all relationship with the traditional musical universe disappears and the listener is cast adrift in a soundworld governed by its own internal logic. Extraordinary control of breath, lungs, embouchure and valves, allied to musical intellect, allows Evans to conjure multiple voices from his trumpet, evoking drones, chirrups, guffaws, swooshes, whistles, even aircraft taking off.

In the liners Evans talks of these pieces telling a story and it is not too farfetched to discern jazz syntax in their development, particularly the 37-minute title track which combines almost conventional trumpet with extended technique in a bravura performance which is astonishing in its conception and delivery.


Track Listing: Disc 1: micro; macro; full; jazz; the chamber; wa; five; Disc 2: Nature/Culture: a; b; c; d; e; Technology.

Personnel: Peter Evans: trumpet, piccolo trumpet (3, 6, 8.)

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Psi | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Interstellar Space" CD/LP/Track Review Interstellar Space
by Sacha O'Grady
Published: May 29, 2016
Read "The Final Concert" CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Storming Through the South" CD/LP/Track Review Storming Through the South
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 1, 2016
Read "Taylor Street" CD/LP/Track Review Taylor Street
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Varanda" CD/LP/Track Review Varanda
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 16, 2017
Read "Saga Thirteen" CD/LP/Track Review Saga Thirteen
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!