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Peter Evans / Barry Guy: Syllogistic Moments

Read "Syllogistic Moments" reviewed by John Sharpe

From the first few seconds of the opening “Red Green" onwards, this live recording from trumpeter Peter Evans and bassist Barry Guy is a feat of death defying bravura. The two are among the most utterly distinctive practitioners on their instruments and they create a fast evolving kaleidoscope of preposterous sounds. Evans named his record label More Is More and that credo is amply reflected in the density of ideas which scroll past in swift succession. Both go way beyond ...

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Peter Evans Quintet: Genesis

Read "Genesis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The unbounded creative experimenter, Peter Evans, returns to his quintet formation for their third outing on Genesis. Pianist Carlos Homs, departed the group following their debut, Ghosts (2011), being replaced by Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing) on Destination: Void (2014), both on the More is More label. Evans was also a member of MOPDtK, overlapping with Stabinsky only on Blue (Hot Cup Records, 2015). Bassist Tom Blancarte, joins Sam Pluta on live electronics and the very busy ...

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Peter Evans + Raleigh Dailey: Measure From Zero

Read "Measure From Zero" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Llama Records is a new jazz improvisation label out of Lexington Kentucky. Here, pianist Raleigh Dailey teams with mega-talented trumpeter Peter Evans, cited for his work with the young and insanely hip Mostly Other People Do the Killing band amid high profile stints with saxophonist, composer John Zorn and guitarist Mary Halvorson as the list goes on. Hence, this improvised program is a study in brazen contrasts. Simply put, they intensely explore fertile landscapes as virtually nothing seems out of ...

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Peter Evans / Agusti Fernandez / Mats Gustafsson: Kopros Lithos

Read "Kopros Lithos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Much like conceptual artist Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista project, trumpeter Peter Evans, pianist Agustí Fernández, and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson present this all-acoustic improvisation session called Kopros Lithos, or “fossilized dung."In 1961, Manzoni set about to produce 90 cans of his own feces as a limited edition art piece. In 2007, one can sold at auction for 124,000 Euro.This project refers to dinosaur droppings, a much prized fossil. Indeed, the group's sound (which is occasionally musical) draws ...

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Peter Evans Quintet: Ghosts

Read "Ghosts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Peter Evans Quintet's Ghosts acts as a sort of back-to-the-future recording--that is, if the present were 2021. This inaugural release on the trumpeter's own label has a standard trumpet/piano/bass/drums setup, plus the incorporation of real-time, live electronic processing to make up the full quintet. Listening to any recording by Evans often prompts the dubious query, “What did I just hear?" since this über-talent is equally comfortable in the worlds of jazz, classical, and free improvisation. Like his ...

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Peter Evans Quartet: Live in Lisbon

Read "Live in Lisbon" reviewed by Troy Collins

Recorded at Portugal's Jazz em Agosto Festival in August of 2009, Live in Lisbon captures Peter Evans' longstanding quartet in concert, deconstructing a program of reconfigured standards--a regular feature of the New York-based trumpeter's oeuvre. Using classic American Songbook tunes as the basis for the quartet's freewheeling improvisations, Evans dismantles familiar melodies, harmonies and rhythms, rearranging them into kaleidoscopic panoramas that transpose wistful nostalgia into surreal futurism.

Evans' modular approach towards spontaneous composition evolves in a state of ...

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Peter Evans: Nature/Culture

Read "Nature/Culture" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...


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