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For this album, living legends in the world of improvised music Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker joined the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra as featured soloists in these recordings of two separate live performances of the same composition (hence the duplication of some track titles). Parallel Moments Unbroken was written by GIO founding member Raymond MacDonald, and commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Jazz on 3. It was devised using a combination of graphic scores, through-composed sections, artwork and photography, all of which were based on MacDonald's past musical experiences and relationships with the musicians involved. It explores the relational aspects of improvisation, music-making and life.
Given some of the seemingly apocalyptic sounding moments in the piece, there is clearly a sense of honesty about these various relationships with music and musicians, and the methods employed by MacDonald express these beautifully and unambiguously. Despite the duplication of tracks, there is enough freedom for each of the performers to allow these pieces to develop in different directions, demonstrating how relationships are never static, and as such the listener is not left feeling that they are simply listening to two takes of the same piece.
Overall, MacDonald's concept, Crispell and Parker's individual performances, and the orchestra's extraordinary cohesiveness, despite the loose framework (the effective use of graphic scores being an extremely dark art) all make for a genuinely compelling listen, something which cannot always be said of free jazz. Add to this a superb quality recording and Parallel Moments Unbroken is an essential purchase for fans of free and avant-garde improvised music.
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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