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The duo of two free improvising masters, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Georg Graewe, recording the three part "Dortmund Variation" live from the Domicil in Dortmund, Germany in 2009.

Parker, Evan / Georg Graewe
Dortmund Variations

Parker, Evan / Georg Graewe: Dortmund Variations (Nuscope)
Label: Nuscope    
Released in: USA    

"A new duo recording titled Dortmund Variations with saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Georg Graewe live from the Domicil in Dortmund, Germany on October 29, 2010. According to liner notes writer Bill Shoemaker, "Evan Parker is 12 years older than Georg Graewe. However, there's a countervailing metric, albeit a fanciful one, which places the saxophonist and the pianist in closer historical proximity. It is the FMP catalog. The Berlin-based label had issued 31 albums over seven years prior to New Movements, the then 20 year-old pianist's debut, in 1976; Parker played on seven of them, including Peter Brötzmann's Machine Gun and three Globe Unity Orchestra recordings. Graewe led a new "generation" of improvising musicians into a history-shaping catalog, one comprised of the core documents of first generation European improvisers like Brötzmann and Alexander von Schlippenbach." This is the second recording by the duo - their first was Unity Variations on the Okka Disk label in 1998.

The recording is very different than that of many in the nuscope catalog. First, there are only 3 pieces (4 pieces on the upcoming download on HD Tracks), the longest of which clocks in at just over 37 minutes! However, the improvisations are always exciting and never pedantic or sprawling. This is thrilling live music, and is a great contrast to Parker's recent duo recordings with pianists Uwe Oberg, Misha Mengelberg, and Matthew Shipp. Parker focuses on tenor here and Graewe plays a beautiful Bösendorfer Model 225 grand piano. This disc features liner notes from Bill Shoemaker and beautiful cover art from John Holt Smith."-Nuscope

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Product Information:

UPC: 659897102627

Label: Nuscope
Catalog ID: CD 1026
Squidco Product Code: 16630

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Dortmund, Germany on October 29, 2010 at the Domicil by Ansgar Ballhorn. Mixed in Cleveland, OH on March 9, 2012 at Azica Productions by Alan Bise.


Evan Parker-tenor saxophone

Georg Graewe-Bosendorfer model 225 grand piano

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Track Listing:

1. Dortmand Variation I 36:37

2. Dortmand Variation II 15:22

3. Dortmand Variation III 10:39