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ETHNOGRAPHIES OF JAZZ

Provenance, Mal de mer, Duration: Evan Parker and Peter Evans at Solilóquios in Porto

Read "Provenance, Mal de mer, Duration: Evan Parker and Peter Evans at Solilóquios in Porto" reviewed by Arian Bagheri Pour Fallah

Provenance Evan Parker needs little introduction. To the listener and to the critic, clearly, but above all to the formation of musical matter. The rudiments of his making are well obscured twenty seconds in after he enkindles the first note. He plays the saxophone durably--static, in deathlike stillness. It is easy, in fact, to mistake his enterprise with that of the snake charmer. After all, he speaks of “the great masters" when questioned about the more rigorous, disciplined composers of ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

Read "Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft" reviewed by John Eyles

In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the four-CD Making Rooms recorded on a seven-date Mopomoso tour of England in August 2013, and the six-and-a-quarter-hour, nineteen act, digital release Channel recorded at ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Music For David Mossman

Read "Music For David Mossman" reviewed by John Sharpe

Over 35 years and counting. It's fair to say that the British trio of saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton constitutes one of the longer-lived units in the free improvised realm, a domain often distinguished by its tendency towards ad hoc groupings. So, with a discography over two score in size, you can be sure that when a new release arrives it documents something worth hearing. And that is indeed the case with ...

RADIO

Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton Trio Live In Padua, 2004

Read "Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton Trio Live In Padua, 2004" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

We continue to explore Centro d'Arte's vaults with a new installment of the “From the Archive" series, this time dedicated to the trio of Evan Parker, Barry Guy, and Paul Lytton. In this unreleased excerpt from their 2004 concert in Padua, Italy, the trio demonstrates, with an exemplary balance of strong individual voices and tight interplay, why it is regarded as an essential group in the European free music canon. Playlist Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Be that as it may, as well as his pre-eminent status, Parker is also notoriously prolific and productive, having appeared ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker / John Russell / Ian Brighton / Philipp Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor: Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto

Read "Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Ian Brighton, musically dormant for around three decades, had a welcome renaissance a year ago with his album for Confront Recordings, Now And Then. Included on that album was an archival track, “30 Years From Yesterday" recorded in 1986 with Philipp Wachsmann, Marcio Mattos and Trevor Taylor. This quartet was collectively known as String Thing and made a return appearance on this live album recorded at Cafe Oto, London on August 14, 2016. The quartet alone features on “Why Did ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband: As The Wind

Read "As The Wind" reviewed by John Eyles

Evan Parker's Psi label was once a flourishing concern, releasing up to ten albums a year in its peak years between 2004 and 2011, but activity has tailed off recently. After releasing five albums in 2012, neither 2013 nor 2014 brought anything, leading to fears that no more would be heard from Psi. Thankfully, since then it has revived, with 2015 and 2016 producing one album each, the welcome reissue of Parker's 1978 solo classic Monoceros followed by this new ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker / Alexander Hawkins: Leaps In Leicester

Read "Leaps In Leicester" reviewed by John Sharpe

Leaps in Leicester furthers a sequence of duets between renowned saxophonist Evan Parker and pianists that already contains such luminous entries as Rex, Wrecks and XXX (Rogue Art, 2013) with Matthew Shipp and Either, Or And (Relative Pitch, 2014) with Sylvie Courvoisier. His partner this time is Alexander Hawkins, a burgeoning presence on the UK scene who fronts his own ensembles and also works with leaders as diverse as Louis Moholo-Moholo and Mulatu Astatke. While it's not their first documented ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker / Seymour Wright: Tie the Stone to the Wheel

Read "Tie the Stone to the Wheel" reviewed by John Eyles

The five tracks on Tie the Stone to the Wheel were recorded at two duo gigs which saxophonists Evan Parker and Seymour Wright played in London and Derby, on consecutive Sundays in October 2014, at the Kernel Brewery and the Derby Theatre Studio. Remarkably, at the Derby gig, it was revealed that when Parker had played a previous gig at the venue, several decades before, Wright had been in the audience--as a six-month-old baby! While it is never ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Eddie Prevost, Evan Parker and John Edwards at Cafe Oto

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Eddie Prevost, Evan Parker and John Edwards Cafe Oto London, UK July 28, 2015 “There won't be any tunes." That was the response to the inquiry from a passing tourist as to what to they might expect. A fairly accurate answer you might think given the line up of saxophonist Evan Parker, drummer Eddie Prevost and bassist John Edwards. But what was anticipated in the place of hummable ditties was clearly proving a draw ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Evan Parker - Paul Dunmall - Tony Bianco: Extremes

Read "Extremes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In the album notes, eminent drummer Tony Bianco advises that the various discourses of this program “were about the times we live in." It's a fitting correlation to the album moniker, featuring two legendary British improvisers, saxophonists Paul Dunmall and Evan Parker engaging in kinetic and at times, calamitous dialogues. Moreover, the Canadian label Red Toucan Records celebrates 20-years in business with its 50th release, fittingly provided by this powerhouse trio. The program sort of encapsulates the label's daring and ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Evan Parker at the The Vortex

Read "Evan Parker at the The Vortex" reviewed by Sammy Stein

Evan Parker, John Edwards, John Russell The VortexLondon November 21, 2013 Outside the Vortex a man turned to me and said, “Well, I was expecting something, you know, a bit radical but nothing quite like this!" I knew just what he meant. We had just come outside for some air after the first half of improvised music played by Evan Parker (saxophones), John Edwards (bass) and John Russell (guitar) and I had to ...