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Evan Parker

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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 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Emanem Releases New Music From Late, Great Heroes Lacy And Rutherford

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Based on the practices of some other labels, many consumers might have expected new album releases from Steve Lacy (1934-2004) and Paul Rutherford (1940-2007) to be “newly discovered" live recordings of dubious quality or reissues of past studio recordings with previously unreleased outtakes included. However, two new releases on Emanem--a double CD from Lacy and a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Songs of Scott Walker (1967-70) at Royal Albert Hall

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Scott Walker
Royal Albert Hall
BBC Proms
London
July 25, 2017

Opportunities to hear Scott Walker's music performed in public are few and far between, the last notable events before this one having been at the Barbican theatre in November 2008. Featuring several performers, notably including Damon Albarn and Jarvis ...

Olie Brice Quintet: Day After Day

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Three years on from the debut album by the Olie Brice Quintet, Immune to Clockwork (Multikulti Project, 2014), comes the follow-up, Day after Day. Despite the unchanged band name, the intervening years have brought changes; not only has the band switched record labels from Multikulti to Babel, tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip has been replaced by George ...

Antoine Beuger: Ockeghem Octets

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Between “dedekind duos" (2003) and “ihwe tunings for twenty" (2005), Wandelweiser co-founder Antoine Beuger wrote a series of pieces for groupings of all sizes from two members up to twenty, the scores being published by Wandelweiser. In each piece, the musicians softly play long, sustained notes designated in the score, with the ebbing and flowing tones ...

Morton Feldman: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

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"Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello" (often abbreviated to “PVVC") was Morton Feldman's final composition, receiving its premiere on July 4th 1987, less than two months before the composer's death from pancreatic cancer on September 3rd. This recording of the piece dates from January 2017 at Henry Wood Hall, where it was recorded by Simon Reynell. The quartet ...

Beresford Hammond: Each Edge of the Field

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Each Edge of the Field is the third part of a very appealing trilogy of albums, following in the footsteps of The Science of Snow (The 52nd, 2015) and The Lightning Bell (The 52nd, 2016). Where the latter album added pianist Carolyn Hume and guest vocalist Judie Tzuke alongside the former's duo of guitarist & pianist ...

Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air and Light and Time and Space

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For many years, Scandinavian jazz and improv have mixed and matched musicians with no great concern about their nationalities. While the music has maintained its high quality, most listeners have not been overly concerned with the players' countries of birth. Now, as its name suggests Pan-Scan Ensemble has adopted a pan-Scandinavian approach and brought together nine ...

Arve Henriksen: Towards Language

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Following hot on the heels of Rimur (ECM, 2017), Towards Language is Arve Henriksen's second album of 2017 and brings his tally of releases to ten in the past five years. One of the more remarkable things about Henriksen is that even though the quantity of releases increases, their quality remains as high as ever. All ...

Cristián Alvear, Seijiro Murayama: Karoujite

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Before coming together in this duo, the Chilean acoustic guitarist Cristián Alvear and the Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama were both well-established Potlatch artists. Alvear has built a reputation as a performer of compositions by Wandelweiser members such as Jürg Frey and Antoine Beuger, as exemplified by his fine album of Michael Pisaro pieces Melody, Silence (Potlatch, ...


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