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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


Etching the Ether

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: At Altitude; Drawing Breath; Engaged In Seeking.


Article: Interview

Tomasz Dąbrowski: Elevating Jazz Storytelling

Read "Tomasz Dąbrowski: Elevating Jazz Storytelling" reviewed by Matthew Vasiliauskas

Joseph Stalin famously said, “Music's a good thing. It calms the beast in the man." For Stalin though, not all music produced peace and serenity. In his eyes, certain types of music could just as easily act as the beast itself; ready to attack and tear apart the society around it. Perhaps the form of music ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias: The New Syntax

Read "The New Syntax" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Matthew Shipp particularly favors the duo format. Among a discography of more than 300 entries are winning combinations with partners as varied as trumpeter Nate Wooley, violist Mat Maneri, and saxophonists Darius Jones, Rob Brown and Evan Parker. But he retains a special fondness for the bass/piano twosome, accounting for multiple meetings with longtime comrade ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Dunmall / Olie Brice: The Laughing Stone

Read "The Laughing Stone" reviewed by John Sharpe

Reedman Paul Dunmall and bassist Olie Brice have collaborated on many occasions, with Palindromes (West Hill Records, 2020) and John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto (Confront, 2019) only the most recent offerings. They supplement that tally with The Laughing Stone, a studio duet captured in November 2021 in Birmingham, England. Now one of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hamiet Bluiett, A Coltrane Interview, Natural Info. Society, Veronica Swift

Read "Hamiet Bluiett, A Coltrane Interview, Natural Info. Society, Veronica Swift" reviewed by David Brown

Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes us. Each week, we will explore the elements of jazz from a historical perspective. This week, let's celebrate the birth anniversary of Hamiet Bluiett; check out John Coltrane ending his time with Miles in an interview from Stockholm 1960; and ...


Article: Book Review

Music Farther Outside by Bill Shoemaker

Read "Music Farther Outside by Bill Shoemaker" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

Music Farther Outside: Experimental Music During Brexit and the Pandemic Bill Shoemaker 213 Pages ISBN: #9781538178775 Rowman & Littlefield 2023 Music Farther Outside is a sequel to two books. First, it is Bill Shoemaker's follow-up to his excellent Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Both ...


Article: Album Review

Evan Parker / Matthew Wright, Trance Map+ with Peter Evans and Mark Nauseef: Etching the Ether

Read "Etching the Ether" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Humans have seemingly always feared new technologies. We're not even talking about AI and ChatGPT. When the first electric light bulb was invented, folks worried it would end civilization as they knew it. Artificial light certainly changed how late one stayed up at night. On the other hand, it also allowed people to find their keys ...


Article: Album Review

Ute Wassermann: Strange Songs

Read "Strange Songs" reviewed by John Eyles

Although it was recorded in 2015, at Studioboerne45 Berlin, it took several years for Strange Songs to see the light of day. The album sleeve dates its release as 2022, but its arrival on vinyl and its launch event did not happen until July 2023, marked by two well-attended Ute Wassermann performances at Café Oto in ...


Article: Interview

Michel Levasseur Leaves the Building

Read "Michel Levasseur Leaves the Building" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

The run-up to this year's 39th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV, or Victo) has been anything but routine. First, it was announced in December that the City of Victoriaville had rescinded the festival's contract for the use of the Colisée des Bois-Francs arena as one of the festival's two main ...


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