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Evan Parker Transatlantic Art Ensemble: Boustrophedon

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Nearly all of the 250-plus albums on which Evan Parker has appeared could be considered unusual or unique in one regard or another, but this disc has a particular reason for such a description: The leader’s soprano saxophone isn’t heard clearly as a solo instrument until the disc’s penultimate track. Boustrophedon presents Parker the composer more than it does Parker the iconoclastic improviser. The Transatlantic Ensemble was heard on Roscoe Mitchell’s Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3, which ECM released last year. The same 14-piece group recorded this piece, which translates to “like an ox plowing.”

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