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Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)

Review of album by trio recorded live at London club

Cover of Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton album Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London
Cover of Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton album Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London

Who is David Mossman? He is the founder of the Vortex – a jazz club that has been at the center of London’s free improvised music scene for 30 years. Tenor saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Paul Lytton have been playing as a trio since 1980, often at the Vortex, where they made this live recording. Their ensemble identity is firmly established. They trust their collective creative process for raising hell.

There are four tracks, “Music for David Mossman I-IV,” ranging in length from 12 to 24 minutes. Guy and Lytton are the furthest thing from a rhythm section. They seethe and clatter, obeying mysterious impulses. Their energy sweeps, soars, falls away and erupts again. Parker sometimes circles quietly, glancing off possible songs, awaiting the moment. The moment always arrives and the floodgates open and Parker unleashes ideas, torrentially. All the wild action is internal. As an entity, this ensemble moves through musical space slowly, like a storm.

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