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I got to listen to a lot of Evan Parker on disc over the weekend. Pretty wild.
 

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Give a listen to LINES BURNT IN LIGHT on Psi Records, one of many solo soprano recordings.

This solo soprano excursion is something that is at the center of Parker's aesthetic- circular breathing, multi-phonics, rhythmic intensity and multiple,simultaneous melodies. Stunning music.

And it is even more spectacular live, both musically and sonically.
 

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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.
 

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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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'Topography of the Lungs'
'The London Concert' with Derek Bailey

And while we're on sax freaks:
Anthony Braxton's 'For Alto' is amazing.
John Zorn's 'Guide To Strategy vol. 1-3' is gobsmacking.
 
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