Oh I'm absolutely sure it is wonderful live. I'm listening to a section right now of Supersessions- quartet with Keith Rowe, Ed Prevost, Barry Guy -- the cacophony in altissimo is remarkable. What a concept! And that clamorous duo stuff he did with Derek Bailey. Wow
I really liked the stuff that came out on ECM around 2000 -- the electroacoustic ensemble I think it is. A lot of texture in there for sure. I've got about 20 or 30 CDs he plays on.
I like when I think I hear trumpets sometimes when I listen to this, or Eric Dolphy.
These solo albums by Evan are good, nobody else does anything like this on saxophone.
1975, Saxophone solos
1980, Six of one
1986, The snake decides
1989, Conic sections
I saw him play a lot in London in the 1980's. Playing in small churches and public libraries. His solo concerts are fantastic and it can be like being in a trance listening to his soprano. I think lot of his sound comes from false fingerings and embouchure control
He was great in larger groups as well e.g: Globe Unity Orchestra and Kenny Wheelers large group.
Amazing that his first influence was Paul Desmond!
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