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Evans, Peter: nature/culture (psi)

A sequel to his highly-acclaimed 1st solo trumpet CD "More is More", demonstrating extreme creative and technical skills in studio and concert settings.

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UPC: 5030243090525

Label: psi
Catalog ID: 09.05/09.06
Squidco Product Code: 11568

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: 2 CDs in gatefold cardstock foldover
Recorded at Gallery Studio, Brooklyn, NY, July-September, 2008 by Keith Parker (CD 1) and at I-Beam, Brooklyn, NY, November 19, 2008 by Jeremiah Cymerman.


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"Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improvisor/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steve Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, George Lewis, and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011."

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track listing:

Disc 1:

1. micro 3:30

2. macro 18:07

3. jazz 9:00

4. full 6:01

5. wa 7:56

6. five 10:19

7. the chamber 10:56

Disc 2:

1. Nature/Culture: a 9:58

2. Nature/Culture: b 4:33

3. Technology 5:09

4. Nature/Culture: e 9:38

5. Nature/Culture: d 5:25

6. Nature/Culture: c 7:44
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"A 2008 sequel to his highly-acclaimed first solo CD 'More is More' on psi 06.08Peter Evans writes: Over the past couple of years one of my main creative outlets has been solo trumpet performance. These discs are meant to show various aspects of my music's development and were recorded in two different settings (studio and concert) and under two different circumstances. Jazz musicians have often referred to the playing of a solo as 'telling a story', which is essentially how I look at this music; it is an opportunity to state possibilities and tell stories that are short, long, true, false, unfinished, overlapping, fantastic and mundane."-psi

"When Peter Evans released his first solo trumpet record, "More Is More", in 2005, it got high praise and lots of appreciation. In contrast, I was not captivated by the album. Like so many solo albums, it was a long demonstration of technical inventions and skills, but then you wonder, so what? I can also try to become proficient at getting a multitude of sounds out of a wheelbarrow or the leg of a chair, but so what if I could? Skills and inventiveness are necessary for good music, but not sufficient. They're only a tiny but essential part of it.

With "Nature/Culture", my impression is totally different. And I think this double album really is in a different league. It has much more intensity, there is continuity in the pieces, there is a sense of dynamic evolution, tension and emotional expressiveness. True, my taste could have changed over the years, and it certainly did, but then I put on "More Is More" again, and it confirmed my opinion. His first solo album was a daring adventure of instrumental skills, his second a more mature and gripping album of musical skills in a very limited setting.

The pure physicality of a musician struggling with his instrument to get more out of it, to transform feelings into sounds, to subdue, to coax, to seduce, to wring out, to motivate the instrument to come with more colors, more depth, more power, more softness, ... to force even more complex phrases out of it, it is all here. You hear the fight and the joy, the tension between concentration and the release, between intellectual will and physical constraints, you can almost see it, or even more, as a listener you (I) get so sucked into his universe that you empathetically and unconsciously work along with your own lungs, diaphragm, abdominal muscles, lips and cheeks, squeezing out the notes, the tones, the sounds, till you're exhausted yourself as a listener in an endeavour to help the musician get these sounds out, wondering how he does it, how the breathing works, where the air keeps coming from, where all these various tones come from, where the energy comes from, where the ideas keep coming from. But then you give up trying, even asking questions, and you just undergo the whole thing, giving up thinking, because the musician's unrelenting power is too strong, and Evans really pushes it to the extreme, and then, still in physical empathy, you become part of the music itself, emotionally, spiritually. [...]-Stef, FreeJazz-Stef

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