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Two very live performances - one from the winter and one from the summer - recorded at the Vortex in London by this finely interlocked saxophone / double bass / percussion trio of London improvisers Evan Parker, John Edwards, and Mark Sanders.

Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
The Two Seasons

Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Mark Sanders: The Two Seasons (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"Some believe that Evan Parker is at his very best when playing in a trio format. It tends to be true. His trio with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton is nothing less than impressive. The Two Seasons documents another of his sax/bass/drums trios, this one with John Edwards and Mark Sanders.

This is a two-CD set with each disc presenting an almost integral concert (editing had to be made in order to comply with the limitations of the CD medium) "Winter" was recorded on February 15, 1999, and "Summer" on July 28 of the same year. Each of these performances was delivered at the Vortex in London and comprised two 40-minutes sets of continuous free improvising (indexed on the records following the evolution of the improvisations). If Parker's tenor sax takes center stage (his soprano playing is heard for only 20 minutes), Edwards and Sanders are not confined to accompaniment.

Both have a chance to shine, whether it is in an official solo in February or in a trio context in July. But there are times (in "Summer," especially) where one gets the feeling the musicians are going through the motions. Is it because the vocabulary heard here is less exuberant than on At the Vortex (with Parker, Lytton, and Guy)? One thing is sure, there is less fire, fewer sparks in these recordings than on other recent releases from the saxophone legend. It doesn't make it a bad selection, though! Parker's energy level is still stunning. The Two Seasons will not be remembered as a defining moment in his career, but it remains a record worthy of his talent, a very good example of the art of this free jazz luminary and a nice addition to his trio production."-Francois Couture,

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243420223

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4202
Squidco Product Code: 18439

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2000
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
1-1 - 1-6 recorded on 1999 February 15.

2-1 - 2-5 recorded on 1999 July 28.

Recorded at The Vortex.


Evan Parker-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone

John Edwards-amplified double bass

Mark Sanders-percussion

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Winter I 13:25

2. Winter II 27:12

3. Winter III 4:48

4. Winter IV 4:51

5. Winter V 18:09

6. Winter VI 7:53

CD 2

1. Summer I 26:34

2. Summer II 9:43

3. Summer III 17:13

4. Summer IV 11:52

5. Summer V 12:58