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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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Iskra 1903: South on the Northern

Read "South on the Northern" reviewed by John Eyles

Paul Rutherford's trio Iskra 1903 existed in two different editions, both including Rutherford on trombone and Barry Guy on bass. The first (in existence from 1970 to 1974) added Derek Bailey on guitar, the second (from 1977 to 1995) Philipp Wachsmann on violin. Thanks largely to the efforts of Emanem (with a contribution from Guy's own ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stevens / Rutherford / Parker / Guy: One Four and Two Twos

Read "One Four and Two Twos" reviewed by John Eyles

This release brings the very welcome return of an August 1978 studio session involving four legends of British improv: drummer John Stevens, trombonist Paul Rutherford, saxophonist Evan Parker and bassist Barry Guy. The first four of its five quartet tracks were originally released on LP in 1980 by View; all five were rereleased on CD in ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Is Jazz Dead? Or Is It Just Pining for the Fjords?

Read "Is Jazz Dead?  Or Is It Just Pining for the Fjords?" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved to a New Address?)

Stuart Nicholson

288 pages, softcover

ISBN: 978-0415975834

Routledge

2005

Stuart Nicholson's Is Jazz Dead? (Or Has It Moved To A New Address?) came out in 2005 and has proved a remarkably successful book for both author and his publisher. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

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 ...

ARTICLE: FRE-FORMATION

Freeform in the U.K.

Read "Freeform in the U.K." reviewed by Sammy Stein

Freeform and improvised jazz is having a hard time at the moment. Venues have to make tough choices between pleasing what is a smaller cohort of customers and bringing new, maybe transient, but paying clients who are attracted by big names, standards and music they know. Customers have less cash in these difficult economic times, so ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Freedom of the City 2010

Read "Freedom of the City 2010" reviewed by Ken Waxman

"To Thine Self Be True" is lettered above the stage at Conway Hall where London's annual Freedom of the City (FOTC) festival took place May 2nd-3rd. Although related to the philosophy of the Humanist Society that built the edifice, the slogan can be applied to the 16 sets that made up the festival.
Organized about ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stellari String Quartet: Gocce stellari

Read "Gocce stellari" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dalla dotta disquisizione astronomica di Marcio Mattos, riportata nelle note di copertina, apprendiamo che le "gocce stellari" del titolo sono minuti sciami stellari visibili solo con potenti telescopi nella Nebulosa di Orione. La passione per l'astronomia, coltivata da Mattos fin da ragazzo, spiega almeno in parte l'origine e il senso della musica di questo disco. L'intento descrittivo è da ...