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Evan Parker

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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

Album

Leonine Aspects

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2021
Track listing: Leonine Aspects #1; Leonine Aspects #2.

Album

Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Indistinguishable from Magic; Sea No Shore; Ensemble Equals Together; Leaving the Classroom of a Beloved Teacher; Ecstatic Baobabs; Optimism of the Will.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2

Read "The Pandemic Sessions: Solos, Part 2" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Part 1 | Part 2 The entire world was in lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis, and of course, that included musicians. Unable to tour and record with their various ensembles, many artists prepared solo projects (some recorded before the virus struck). Most of the music is very personal, as if the artists are asking ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Radio

New Sounds from Canada and More

Read "New Sounds from Canada and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature seven new albums that demonstrate the musical diversity of jazz. Three of them feature Canadian artists reflecting the current strength of the scene in that country. There's a new album from Posi-Tone and the remaining three releases are from European artists.Playlist Hector “Building 8" from Uncharted (Self Released) 00:00 ...

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Article: Interview

Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal

Read "Arthur Hnatek: On putting the EDM into Jazz & making acoustic music with electronic appeal" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann


Miles Davis and like-minded free-spirited vanguards of his day opened jazz up to countless influences during one of the genre's heydays in the late '60s and early '70s. Ever since, the boundaries of jazz have been broken down more radically, disseminated and increasingly blended with everything from current trends in popular music to classical music and ...

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Article: Album Review

Liudas Mockūnas & Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs

Read "Purvs" reviewed by Vitalijus Gailius


Purvs is a collaboration between two outstanding Lithuanian saxophone players, Liudas Mockūnas and Arvydas Kazlauskas. Despite being friends for a long time they have never played together before. The album was made in two parts. The first recording took place in the autumnal splendour of Latvian marshland, the second in an ampitheatre made of ...

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Article: Album Review

Oliver Schwerdt with Barry Guy and Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer: One for My Baby and One More for the Bass

Read "One for My Baby and One More for the Bass" reviewed by Troy Dostert


There aren't many musicians who've loomed larger in European free improvisation since the 1970s than bassist Barry Guy and percussionist Günter 'Baby' Sommer. In addition to their own work as leaders (the former having much more of a presence in this regard than the latter, admittedly), each has collaborated with the heavyweights of the free music ...

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Article: Radio

Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen

Read "Alexander Hawkins, Michael Gregory Jackson & Cowboys & Frenchmen" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New releases galore this edition to sift through and that's always enjoyable. Pianist Alexander Hawkins goes large ensemble on his new Togetherness Music and which is graced by the presence of the great Evan Parker; the Finnish duo of Timo Lassy and Teppo Makynen tear things down on the opening track; the trio of Brian Jones, ...


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