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Evan Parker

Evan Parker was born in Bristol in 1944 and began to play the saxophone at the age of 14. Initially he played alto and was an admirer of Paul Desmond; by 1960 he had switched to tenor and soprano, following the example of John Coltrane, a major influence who, he would later say, determined "my choice of everything". In 1962 he went to Birmingham University to study botany but a trip to New York, where he heard the Cecil Taylor trio (with Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray), prompted a change of mind. What he heard was "music of a strength and intensity to mark me for life ... l came back with my academic ambitions in tatters and a desperate dream of a life playing that kind of music - 'free jazz' they called it then." Parker stayed in Birmingham for a time, often playing with pianist Howard Riley

IN REAL TIME

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

Concert In Vilnius

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Part I; Part II; Part III; Part IV.

DUETS 71977

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee)

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: ... the dissent, that began with the Quakers?; ... confused about England; England feels very remote to me; Alfreda was always especially cordial to me ... (dedicated to Alfreda Benge); ... becoming transfigured …; The bonfires on Hampstead Heath; What has it become entangled with now?; ... a little perplexing ...; How tight knit was England then!; ... beheading their own King …; Each thing, the one, the other and both together would amount to the truth.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Francesco Massaro: zoologo imperfetto

Read "Francesco Massaro: zoologo imperfetto" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Francesco Massaro, quarantaduenne compositore, sassofonista e clarinettista pugliese, è da alcuni anni uno dei musicisti più interessanti della penisola, messosi in luce per il singolare tipo di ricerca a cavallo tra improvvisazione e scrittura non convenzionale portata avanti dalla sua principale formazione, Bestiario. Lo abbiamo intervistato in occasione dell'uscita del terzo lavoro del gruppo, Quaderni di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo

Read "Slow Pieces For Aki: Piano Solo" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach began recording in the 1950s. Twenty years into the new millennium, he continues to do so prolifically, with twenty-five albums under his own name listed on Wikipedia--a seeming short shrift; his three solo albums on the Intakt Records label from 2005 and 2012 somehow didn't make the list, suggesting there are more. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Harding, Lucian Ban: Dark Blue

Read "Dark Blue" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Duo estremamente longevo questo tra il pianista di origini rumene Lucian Ban e il sassofonista di Detroit Alex Harding, questo Dark Blue è il loro quarto album, ma esce a undici anni dal precedente. E la loro intesa è tangibile lungo tutto l'arco del programma, che include solo brani originali (sei di Harding e cinque di ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Evan Parker / Paul Lytton: Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee)

Read "Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee)" reviewed by John Sharpe

Fifty years on from their first encounter, the British pairing of saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lytton convened in a Chicago studio to record Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee), named in echo of their first release. Of course they've reunited countless times in the interim, notably as two thirds of the classic trio completed by bassist ...

Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer

Read "Heavy Rotation For A Pandemic Summer" reviewed by Mark Corroto

In the summer of 2020 one result of the COVID-19 isolation, and artists inability to tour and perform is that they have time to deal with projects halted by this pandemic. Musicians, producers, and engineers have mixed, mastered and released an abundance of music. Many of the titles have been, and will be covered by our ...


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