The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2020, Squidco LLC

Parker, Evan & Agusti Fernandez: The Voice is One (Not Two)

A series of duos and one solo work each from European/UK Free Improvisation masters, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Agusti Fernandez, an astonishing display of creative interplay.

Price: $19.95


In Stock

Shipping Weight: 2.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
product information:

UPC: 5901549185416

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW 878-2
Squidco Product Code: 17617

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on November 1st, 2009 at L'Auditori Barcelona by Ferran Conangla.


Evan Parker-tenor saxophone

Agusti Fernandez-piano

Click an artist name above to see in-stock items for that artist.

Highlight an instrument above
and click here to Search for albums with that instrument.
track listing:

1. Part I 15:38

2. Part II 11:13

3. Part III 11:14

4. Part IV 6:23

5. Part V 16:36

6. Part VI 5:00
descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Evan Parker and Catalan pianist Agustí Fernandez have been cooperating for more than a decade in different formations, as a duo on Temparillo (Musica Secreta, 1996), in a quartet with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton on Topos (Maya, 2007) and Fernandez has been a member of Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since Memory/Vision (ECM, 2003). Both are excellent improvisers and both are gifted with an idiosyncratic musical language that enables them to ignore any restrictions that could prevent them from crossing expressive limits.

Although "Part 2" on this album is a Fernandez solo and "Part 4" presents Parker without his companion the title of the album is programmatic, on the album you can hear one voice, they are a small unit.

"Part 1" is the best example for this assumption. Parker starts really sensitive over typical Fernandez chords, his Spanish heritage shines through every note, almost drowsy music for a lazy siesta in the midday summer heat. Suddenly the music changes, it swells and implodes, it becomes stinging and hectic, you can watch it falling apart, swirling, tumbling, and twisting. And then Fernandez' style morphs into a Cecil-Tayloresque mode, the 88 tuned drums appear out of the blue as if we went into a time machine and stopped in the late 1980s when Taylor met the European avant-garde in Berlin. You feel like having swallowed firecrackers and now you are listening to the mad things that happen inside your body.

Fernandez sticks to this percussive style in his following solo performance, the clusters are hammering against the inside of your skull. But as soon as he has come up with it, there is a metamorphosis of the atmosphere again, everything becomes more intimate and less aggressive, Fernandez pours out thrillers, Phrygian chords and arpeggio cascades and we are indulging in them before another duo takes over. Here Fernandez uses the whole interior of the piano as well, obviously using woodblocks and metal to create intensive strange vibrations and muffled sounds while Parker remains very reluctant in front of these textures. Both of them have been slowly constructing a multilayered collage. In the end the track becomes so fragile that it literally vanishes.

The following Parker's solo recital is not surprising, however, it is a jaw-dropping circular breathing exercise once again proving his masterful command of the tenor, a beautiful sonic storm scraped out of the organic whole of the concert. Parker's solo pieces have often been referred to as snake-like and indeed we are listening to a meandering sequence of tones that seems to creep into our ear canals."Part 5" and "Part 6" bring down the evening to a round figure, they refer back to the first track, again focusing on the two players as one voice.

The Voice is One shows how intimate Evan Parker and Agustí Fernandez have become, how well they interact. A really awesome free jazz album - nothing more but nothing less either."-Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog

Get additional information at Free Jazz Blog
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Parker, Evan
Staff Picks & Recommended Items
Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players

Recommended & Related Releases:
Other Recommended Releases:
Parker, Evan / Agusti Fernandez
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival
Morris / Fernandez / Wooley
From The Discrete To The Particular
(Relative Pitch)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Parker, Evan & GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee)
(Tour de Bras)
Parker, Evan & Matthew Wright
Trance Map
Parker / Guy / Lytton + Peter Evans
Scenes in the House of Music
(Clean Feed)
Fernandez, Agusti / Peter Kowald
Sea Of Lead
(Hopscotch Records)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Made to Break
Lacerba [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Wooley, Nate Sextet
(Sit in) The Throne of Friendship
(Clean Feed)
Dresser, Mark Quintet
(Clean Feed)
#116 Summer 2013 [MAGAZINE + CD]
Ducret, Marc
Tower, Vol. 3
Boss Of The Plains
Rempis Percussion Quartet ,The
Phalanx [2 CDs]
New Atlantis Octet
Unto the Sun
(Not Two)
Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex)
Madame Luckerniddle - Tribute to Tom Cora
Braxton, Anthony Steptet (with Ho Bynum / Halvorson / Pavone / Rozen / Siegel / Testa)
Echo Echo Mirror House
(Les Disques Victo)
Dudek, Gerd
Day and Night
Rose, Jon
Rosin [3 CDs + 1 Data Disk + Book]
(Recommended Records)
Revis, Eric
City of Asylum
(Clean Feed)
Eisenstadt, Harris September Trio
The Destructive Element
(Clean Feed)
Finlayson, Jonathan & Sicilian Defense
Moment and the Message
(Pi Recordings)
Quat Quartet (Fred Van Hove, Els Vandeweyer, Paul Lovens, Martin Blume)
Live at Hasselt
Convergence Quartet, The
Slow and Steady

Search for other titles on the Not Two label.