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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

Concert In Vilnius

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

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.

DUETS 71977

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

IN REAL TIME

Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

London Jazz Composers Orchestra: That Time

Read "That Time" reviewed by John Sharpe

Issued to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, That Time uncovers a fascinating window on the early years of the pioneering company which are only sparsely documented elsewhere. The first two tracks from Berlin and Donaueschingen date from 1972, some six months after the LJCO's debut album Ode (Intakt, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Agile Experiments: Alive In The Empire

Read "Alive In The Empire" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The clue is the name. Take a handful of musicians, place them in front of an audience and say “ready, steady go." Since starting Agile Experiments in 2015, multi-instrumentalist Dave De Rose has marshaled dozens of musicians for his sonic experiments, whereby small combos play entirely improvised one-hour gigs. Alive in the Empire, the fifth release ...


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