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Two performances by one-off groups, both featuring Evan Parker (saxophones) and Paul Rogers (double bass) -- a 1983 trio studio recording with percussionist Jamie Muir, and a 1991 quartet gig with percussionist Mark Sanders and visiting trombonist Wolter Wierbos.

Parker, Evan
The Ayes Have It

Parker, Evan: The Ayes Have It (Emanem)

Label: Emanem    
Released in: Great Britain    

"According to producer Martin Davidson, these two recordings (tracks one through four, and track five) were not released earlier because each was simply too short to fill an entire CD. Each features a group led by Evan Parker that only performed once as a unit. Parker is in his usually good form at both sessions, which were recorded more than seven years apart. Nonetheless, the two recordings are very different, due to the personalities of his colleagues.

The first four tracks (recorded in 1983) are less than ten minutes each, and, without detracting from Parker's fine efforts, the distinguishing characteristics come from Paul Rogers' energetic bass and Jamie Muir's unusual contributions on percussion and toys -- the latter of which, although used highly selectively, adds a fascinating dimension.

The 36-minute track (recorded in 1991) with the superb Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos offers an extremely rare opportunity to hear him with Parker in a small group. The results do not disappoint in the least -- although apparently due to the extreme heat and humidity, the trombonist stopped playing midway through the nearly 40-minute performance because of problems with his contact lens. Until then, Wierbos is in top form, the similarities to the playing of trombonist George Lewis evident in part, but with this artist displaying a more primitive-sounding approach.

While the two sessions have ostensibly little in common (other than the common appearances of Parker and Rogers, and both having been recorded in London, England), each easily stands on its own as an excellent example of the free improvisational spirit of the period."-Steve Loewy,

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Product Information:

UPC: 5030243405527

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4055
Squidco Product Code: 18425

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2001
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Tracks 1 - 4 Analogue studio recording London - 1983 December.

Track 5 Digital concert recording London (Angel & Crown) - 1991 August 1. Tracks 1 - 4 Analogue studio recording London - 1983 December.

Track 5 Digital concert recording London (Angel & Crown) - 1991 August 1.


Evan Parker-soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone

Paul Rogers-double bass

Jamie Muir-percussion, toys

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

Mark Sanders-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Aye 1 9:19

2. Aye 2 4:06

3. Aye 3 8:57

4. Aye 4 9:44

5. The Ayes Have It 36:32