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

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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 ...

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Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble: Hasselt

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Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble

Hasselt

Psi

2012

Although Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble had recorded five albums for ECM since 1997, in 2009 saxophonist Parker's Psi label released SET under his own name; the album was effectively by the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, sharing its personnel, instrumentation and working methods. At the time, it seemed ...

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Gerd Dudek: Day and Night

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When saxophonist Evan Parker started his Psi label back in late 2001, the label's second release--following his own solo album, Lines Burnt in Light (2001)--was the excellent 'Smatter (2002), by Gerd Dudek, the German saxophonist's first release under his own name. In January 2012, when Parker curated a week-long series of concerts at The Vortex in ...

Toma Gouband: Courant des Vents

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A lithophone is a musical instrument consisting of a rock or pieces of rock which are struck to produce musical notes, either in combination, producing harmony, or in succession, producing melodies. In May, 2011, French percussionist Toma Gouband visited London to play at the annual Freedom of the City festival, solo and in an Evan Parker ...

Foxes Fox: Live at the Vortex

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Foxes Fox--Evan Parker on tenor saxophone, Steve Beresford on piano, John Edwards on bass and Louis Moholo-Moholo on percussion--first came together as a quartet in 1998. Live at the Vortex is, however, only their third album, following Foxes Fox (Emanem, 1999) and Naan Tso (Psi, 2005). Unlike its predecessors, this release--captured in February, 2007--was recorded live ...

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Agustí Fernández: Un llamp que no s'acaba mai

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A Sigüenza, piccolo comune spagnolo che dista circa cento chilometri da Madrid, si tiene ogni anno in dicembre un Festival Jazz di grande interesse. Lo scorso anno, nella sesta edizione, erano in programma Ran Blake, Aki Takase con Alex von Schlippenbach, Mats Gustafsson. L'improvvisazione totale di Agustí Fernández, John Edwards e Mark Sanders, registrata in concerto a quel ...

Adam Linson: Figures and Grounds

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The personnel of double-bassist Adam Linson's System Quartet is so good that it sets the juices flowing even before a note of music has been heard. Figures and Grounds was recorded in January 2008, when Linson still lived in Berlin, and he took full advantage of his adopted city's resources, recruiting trumpeter Axel Dörner, bass clarinetist ...

London Improvisers Orchestra: Lio Leo Leon

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London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
Psi
2011

Each year at London's Freedom of the City (FOTC) festival of improvised music, one of the most eagerly anticipated highlights is the Sunday evening appearance of the London Improvisers Orchestra (LIO). Although the LIO meets monthly throughout the rest of the year, ...

Agusti Fernandez & Joan Saura: Vents

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Although their Trio Local, with saxophonist Liba Villavecchia, has been well-documented for over a decade, Vents is the first duo recording from pianist Agustí Fernández and Joan Saura, on live electronics and sampling keyboard. The album was recorded in Barcelona, between July 2009 and February 2010. It is well-titled, and so are its tracks, which share ...

Evan Parker & Matthew Wright: Trance Map

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Trance Map is part of an ongoing body of work on Psi that includes past releases by Joel Ryan and DJ Sniff, which each used Evan Parker's music as source material to be manipulated to create new works. Whereas Parker was not an active participant in those recordings, for this album he has worked collaboratively with ...