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Two saxes and drums, an unusual trio from three free improvising legends playing exultant and exemplary music that even they described as "extreme" as they recorded this session in Bianco's Garden Cottage studio, creating 3 superb examples of modern dialog in improvisation.

Parker, Evan / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco

Parker, Evan / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco: Extremes (Red Toucan)

Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"The unexpected is a very precarious notion in human experience. Some are opened to it while others guard against it. In fact, I would say it's one of life's enigmas. As an improvising musician, I (we) look forward to it, at least on the surface.

I have regular conversations with Dunmall, we being friends as well as colleagues. What unexpectedly came out of my mouth one day in a conversation we were having was "why don't we ask Evan to come up to my place (Garden Cottage/Delbury Hall) and record as a trio?" Paul's response was "ask him!" So I did, Evan said "it would be a nice way of spending an afternoon" (or something like that).

Paul and I recorded at my place quite a few times, with Chris as engineer. We did a series of Coltrane recordings, one of which Evan admired, emailing both Paul and I telling us so. But I think Evan was surprised to see, when he came to Garden Cottage, how small the room really was that we recorded in, noticing this I commented, Evan responded "You guys are crazy, that's why I like it."

Of course for me, recording with two of the greatest saxophone intellects on the planet was all I needed. But what would it sound like? I thought "let's invoke." The first piece was just that, a Coltrane-like invocation, afterwards Evan whispered into my left ear "that was extreme," which is the title of that piece, with "Extremes" being the title of the session. The second piece, "All Ways", we recorded last to give way to "Horus" as a balance to the three pieces. The conversations we had that day were about the times we're living in."-Tony Bianco

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Product Information:

UPC: 7770786001418

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9349
Squidco Product Code: 20003

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded Live at Garden Cottage / Delbury Hall ( Tony's place ) on June 27th, 2014 by Chris Trent.


Evan Parker-tenor sax

Paul Dunmall-tenor sax

Tony Bianco-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Extreme 32:10

2. All Ways 5:30

3. Horus 23:52