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Parker, Evan: Hook, Drift & Shuffle (psi)


 

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UPC: 5030243070725

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 07.07
Squidco Product Code: 8401

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Brussels, February 4, 1983. Originally issue on the Incus label as Incus45.


Personnel:

Evan Parker-tenor, soprano saxophones

George Lewis-trombone

Barry Guy-double bass

Paul Lytton-percussion

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1. Drift 34:35

2. Shuffle 10.01

3. Hook 6.14




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This recording of a 1983 Brussels concert, part of a concert series directed by Godried-Willem Raes, was previously released under the same name on the Incus label. The album presents Evan Parker in an early electro-acoustic quartet, where George Lewis modifies his trombone with various accessories, most of which were amplified; Paul Lytton amplifies a part of his percussion set, along with cymbals, woodblocks and gongs; and Barry Guy uses amplification and effects processors with his double bass. This was a fertile period for these performers, experienced with the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra, examining improvisation and applying many methods and searching for sonic possibilities - a great record to have back in print!


Artist Biographies:

"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. In 1966 he moved to London, became a frequent visitor to the Little Theatre Club, centre of the city's emerging free jazz scene, and was soon invited by drummer John Stevens to join the innovative Spontaneous Music Ensemble which was experimenting with new kinds of group improvisation. Parker's first issued recording was SME's 1968 Karyobin, with a line-up of Parker, Stevens, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler. Parker remained in SME through various fluctuating line-ups - at one point it comprised a duo of Stevens and himself - but the late 1960s also saw him involved in a number of other fruitful associations.

He began a long-standing partnership with guitarist Bailey, with whom he formed the Music Improvisation Company and, in 1970, co-founded Incus Records. (Tony Oxley, in whose sextet Parker was then playing, was a third co-founder; Parker left Incus in the mid-1980s.) Another important connection was with the bassist Peter Kowald who introduced Parker to the German free jazz scene. This led to him playing on Peter Brötzmann's 1968 Machine Gun, Manfred Schoof's 1969 European Echoes and, in 1970, joining pianist Alex von Schlippenbach and percussionist Paul Lovens in the former's trio, of which he is still a member: their recordings include Pakistani Pomade, Three Nails Left, Detto Fra Di Noi, Elf Bagatellen and Physics.

Parker pursued other European links, too, playing in the Pierre Favre Quartet (with Kowald and Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer) and in the Dutch Instant Composers Pool of Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink. The different approaches to free jazz he encountered proved both a challenging and a rewarding experience. He later recalled that the German musicians favoured a "robust, energy-based thing, not to do with delicacy or detailed listening but to do with a kind of spirit-raising, a shamanistic intensity. And l had to find a way of surviving in the heat of that atmosphere ... But after a while those contexts became more interchangeable and more people were involved in the interactions, so all kinds of hybrid musics came out, all kinds of combinations of styles."

A vital catalyst for these interactions were the large ensembles in which Parker participated in the 1970s: Schlippenbach's Globe Unity Orchestra, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO) and occasional big bands led by Kenny Wheeler. In the late 70s Parker also worked for a time in Wheeler's small group, recording Around Six and, in 1980, he formed his own trio with Guy and LJCO percussionist Paul Lytton (with whom he had already been working in a duo for nearly a decade). This group, together with the Schlippenbach trio, remains one of Parker's top musical priorities: their recordings include Tracks, Atlanta, Imaginary Values, Breaths and Heartbeats, The Redwood Sessions and At the Vortex. In 1980, Parker directed an Improvisers Symposium in Pisa and, in 1981, he organised a special project at London's Actual Festival. By the end of the 1980s he had played in most European countries and had made various tours to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. ln 1990, following the death of Chris McGregor, he was instrumental in organising various tributes to the pianist and his fellow Blue Notes; these included two discs by the Dedication Orchestra, Spirits Rejoice and lxesa.

Though he has worked extensively in both large and small ensembles, Parker is perhaps best known for his solo soprano saxophone music, a singular body of work that in recent years has centred around his continuing exploration of techniques such as circular breathing, split tonguing, overblowing, multiphonics and cross-pattern fingering. These are technical devices, yet Parker's use of them is, he says, less analytical than intuitive; he has likened performing his solo work to entering a kind of trance-state. The resulting music is certainly hypnotic, an uninterrupted flow of snaky, densely-textured sound that Parker has described as "the illusion of polyphony". Many listeners have indeed found it hard to credit that one man can create such intricate, complex music in real time. Parker's first solo recordings, made in 1974, were reissued on the Saxophone Solos CD in 1995; more recent examples are Conic Sections and Process and Reality, on the latter of which he does, for the first time, experiment with multi-tracking. Heard alone on stage, few would disagree with writer Steve Lake that "There is, still, nothing else in music - jazz or otherwise - that remotely resembles an Evan Parker solo concert."

While free improvisation has been Parker's main area of activity over the last three decades, he has also found time for other musical pursuits: he has played in 'popular' contexts with Annette Peacock, Scott Walker and the Charlie Watts big band; he has performed notated pieces by Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman and Frederic Rzewski; he has written knowledgeably about various ethnic musics in Resonance magazine. A relatively new field of interest for Parker is improvising with live electronics, a dialogue he first documented on the 1990 Hall of Mirrors CD with Walter Prati. Later experiments with electronics in the context of larger ensembles have included the Synergetics - Phonomanie III project at Ullrichsberg in 1993 and concerts by the new EP2 (Evan Parker Electronic Project) in Berlin, Nancy and at the 1995 Stockholm Electronic Music Festival where Parker's regular trio improvised with real-time electronics processed by Prati, Marco Vecchi and Phillip Wachsmann. "Each of the acoustic instrumentalists has an electronic 'shadow' who tracks him and feeds a modified version of his output back to the real-time flow of the music."

The late 80s and 90s brought Parker the chance to play with some of his early heroes. He worked with Cecil Taylor in small and large groups, played with Coltrane percussionist Rashied Ali, recorded with Paul Bley: he also played a solo set as support to Ornette Coleman when Skies of America received its UK premiere in 1988. The same period found Parker renewing his acquaintance with American colleagues such as Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy and George Lewis, with all of whom he had played in the 1970s (often in the context of London's Company festivals). His 1993 duo concert with Braxton moved John Fordham in The Guardian to raptures over "saxophone improvisation of an intensity, virtuosity, drama and balance to tax the memory for comparison".

Parker's 50th birthday in 1994 brought celebratory concerts in several cities, including London, New York and Chicago. The London performance, featuring the Parker and Schlippenbach trios, was issued on a highly-acclaimed two-CD set, while participants at the American concerts included various old friends as well as more recent collaborators in Borah Bergman and Joe Lovano. The NYC radio station WKCR marked the occasion by playing five days of Parker recordings. 1994 also saw the publication of the Evan Parker Discography, compiled by ltalian writer Francesco Martinelli, plus chapters on Parker in books on contemporary musics by John Corbett and Graham Lock.

Parker's future plans involve exploring further possibilities in electronics and the development of his solo music. They also depend to a large degree on continuity of the trios, of the large ensembles, of his more occasional yet still long-standing associations with that pool of musicians to whose work he remains attracted. This attraction, he explained to Coda's Laurence Svirchev, is attributable to "the personal quality of an individual voice". The players to whom he is drawn "have a language which is coherent, that is, you know who the participants are. At the same time, their language is flexible enough that they can make sense of playing with each other ... l like people who can do that, who have an intensity of purpose." "

-Evan Parker Website (http://evanparker.com/biography.php)
4/25/2017

"George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.

A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 140 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, Ensemble Erik Satie, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, IRCAM, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. Lewis has served as Ernest Bloch Visiting Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley; Paul Fromm Composer in Residence, American Academy in Rome; Resident Scholar, Center for Disciplinary Innovation, University of Chicago; and CAC Fitt Artist In Residence, Brown University.

Lewis received the 2012 SEAMUS Award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and his book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society's Music in American Culture Award. Lewis is co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), and his opera Afterword, commissioned by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in October 2015 and has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey."

-Columbia University (http://music.columbia.edu/bios/george-e-lewis)
4/25/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Lazro, Daunik / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis
Enfances 8 Janv. 1984
(Fou Records)
Bailey, Derek / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis / Evan Parker
28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982
(Fou Records)
Parker, Evan / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor
Live From Cafe Oto
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Andrea Centazzo
Duets 71977
(Ictus)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee
Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995
(Clean Feed)
Escreet, John (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)
Braxton, Anthony
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)
Braxton, Anthony
Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79
(Hi Hat)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]
(Emanem)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Seymour Wright
Tie the Stone to the Wheel
(Fataka)
Brotzmann, Peter Sextet/ Quartet
Nipples [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Lacy, Steve Quintet
Last Tour (2004)
(Emanem)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Parker, Evan / Joe Morris / Nate Wooley
Ninth Square
(Clean Feed)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Frith, Fred / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
(Victo)
Parker, Evan
Monoceros
(psi)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings
(Trost Records)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Oliv & Familie (1968-9)
(Emanem)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
Parker, Evan & Sylvie Courvoisier
Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet/Sextet/Duos
(Otoroku)
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
The Two Seasons
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan
The Ayes Have It
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Paul Rutherford / Hans Schneider / Paul Lytton
Waterloo 1985
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2002 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan & Joe Mcphee
What / If / They Both Could Fly [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)
Parker, Evan & Joe Mcphee
What / If / They Both Could Fly
(Rune Grammofon)
Rocket Science
Evan Parker / Peter Evans / Craig Taborn / Sam Pluta
(More Is More)
McGregor, Chris' Brotherhood Of Breath
Procession - Live at Toulouse
(Ogun)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Challenge (1966-7)
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan
Lines Burnt In Light
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton
Collective Calls (Urban)
(psi)
Bennink / Evan Parker, Han
The Grass Is Greener
(psi)
Stevens / Rutherford / Parker / Guy
One Four and Two Twos (1978/79/92)
(Emanem)
Parker / Schlippenbach / Guy / Lovens / Lytton
2X3=5
(Leo)
Various Artists
13 Miniatures For Albert Ayler
(RogueArt)
Parker, Evan & GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee)
Vivaces
(Tour de Bras)
Foxes Fox
Live at the Vortex
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)
NOW Orchestra, The (with guests George Lewis, Vinny Golia)
Wowow
(Spool)
Mengelberg, Misha & Evan Parker
It won't be called Broken Chair
(psi)
Parker / Neal / Sorbara
At Somewhere There
(Barnyard)
Abrams, Muhal Richard
SoundDance
(Pi Recordings)
Koller, Hans with Bill Frisell
Cry, Want
(psi)
Parker / Guy / Lytton + Peter Evans
Scenes in the House of Music
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan & Sten Sandell
Psalms
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Leimgruber, Urs
Twine
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan
Whitstable Solo
(psi)
Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
More News For Lulu
(Hatology)
Parker, Evan
Set
(psi)
Rutherford, Paul
Tetralogy 2CD
(Emanem)
Leandre, Joelle / Lewis, George
Transatlantic Visions
(RogueArt)
Braxton, Anthony
Creative Orchestra (Koeln) 1978 [2 CDs]
(Hatology)
Mitchell, Roscoe
L-R-G/ The Maze/ S Ii Examples
(NESSA)
Moholo, Loius / Evan Parker Quintet
Bush Fire
(Ogun)
Stevens, John / Evan Parker
Corner to Corner + The Longest Night
(Ogun)
McGregor, Chris' Brotherhood Of Breath
Live At Willisau
(Ogun)
Mitchell, Roscoe
Nonaah
(NESSA)
Angeli / Parker / Rothenberg
Free Zone Appleby 2007
(psi)
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan
Conic Sections
(psi)
Eastley / Halliwell / Parker / Wastell
a life saved by a spider and two doves
(Another Timbre)
Parker, Evan / Ghost in the Machine
New Excursions
(Ninth World)
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
A Glancing Blow
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Rothenberg, Ned
Live at Roulette
(Animul)
Abrams, Muhal Richard / Lewis, George / Mitchell, Roscoe
Streaming
(Pi Recordings)
Parker, Evan
The Topography of the Lungs
(psi)
Parker Octet, Evan
Crossing the River
(psi)
Nilssen-Love, Paal
townorchestrahouse
(Clean Feed)
Various Artists
Free Zone Appleby 2004
(psi)
Sandell, Sten / David Stackenas with Parker / Guy / Lytton
Gubbrora
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Schlippenbach / Lytton
America 2003 [2 CDs] REPRESS
(psi)
Various Artists
Free Zone Appleby 2003
(psi)
Tracey, Stan / Evan Parker
Suspensions and Anticipations
(psi)
Brotherhood of Breath
Bremen to Bridgwater
(Cuneiform)
Parker, Evan
The Snake Decides [REPRESS]
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Sainkho Namtchylak
Mars Song
(Victo)
Lytton, Paul
?!
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
Parker, Evan
Monoceros
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Paul Rutherford / Hans Schneider / Paul Lytton
Waterloo 1985
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
Live at Maya Recordings Festival [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan
Lines Burnt In Light
(psi)
Parker, Evan
Hasselt
(psi)
Parker, Evan / Schlippenbach / Lytton
America 2003 [2 CDs] REPRESS
(psi)
Parker, Evan
The Snake Decides [REPRESS]
(psi)
Halvorson, Mary
Reverse Blue
(Relative Pitch)
Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love
Scarcity
(PNL)
Broken Consort
done
(Quakebasket)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Face to Face
(Emanem)
Butcher, John
Vortices & Angels
(Emanem)
Butcher, John & Mark Sanders
Daylight
(Emanem)
Lacy, Steve
The Sun
(Emanem)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Lazro, Daunik / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis
Enfances 8 Janv. 1984
(Fou Records)
Parker, Evan / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor
Live From Cafe Oto
(FMR)
Parker, Evan / Andrea Centazzo
Duets 71977
(Ictus)
Lewis, George & Splitter Ochester
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)
Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee
Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995
(Clean Feed)
Escreet, John (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)
Braxton, Anthony
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
(Weekertoft)
Spontaneous Music Orchestra
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Parker, Evan / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)
Braxton, Anthony
Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79
(Hi Hat)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]
(Emanem)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan / Seymour Wright
Tie the Stone to the Wheel
(Fataka)
Brotzmann, Peter Sextet/ Quartet
Nipples [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)
Lacy, Steve Quintet
Last Tour (2004)
(Emanem)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Parker, Evan / Joe Morris / Nate Wooley
Ninth Square
(Clean Feed)
Russell, John (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
With...
(Emanem)
Frith, Fred / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
(Victo)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings [VINYL]
(Trost Records)
Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings
(Trost Records)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Oliv & Familie (1968-9)
(Emanem)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
Parker, Evan & Sylvie Courvoisier
Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
Yoshihide, Otomo / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet/Sextet/Duos
(Otoroku)

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