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

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 … Read More “Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman: Live at Vortex London (Intakt)”

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Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (Clean Feed)

The fourth track of this record is “Blessed,” composed by Mat Maneri. It is slower and quieter than any funeral dirge, and more somber. Lucian Ban places isolated piano notes like pale dots of light amid black silence. When Maneri’s hushed viola enters, you think he might connect those dots, and you hope for meaningful … Read More “Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (Clean Feed)”

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Courvoisier, Feldman, Mori, Parker: Miller’s Tale

If there is a recording that can simultaneously put kittens to sleep and send a 14-year-old girl running from the room, it is Miller’s Tale. This observation is not theoretical. An hour-long set of improvisations inexplicably inspired by the plays of Arthur Miller, the album manages to be at once silly, irritating, dull and unnecessary. … Read More “Courvoisier, Feldman, Mori, Parker: Miller’s Tale”

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