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Evan Parker/Alex von Schlippenbach/Barry Guy/Paul Lovens/Paul Lytton: 2 x 3 = 5

British saxophonist Evan Parker has been mining free improvisation for a long time, as have the various participants on these two recordings, which comprise more than four hours of music. The players’ experience and ease with the idioms of free improvisation pay dividends in form: we hear intent in what emerges; we sense empathy at work. Parker clearly finds ways to shape his own performances so as to invite apposite contributions to the collective work; how he does this remains rather mysterious, piquing and teasing the listener’s curiosity.

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