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I have been listening to this saxophonist recently and he is quite amazing.

My personal favorite so far is Saxophone Solos.

Discuss please...
 

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I had the opportunity to study with Evan Parker for a few days a couple of years ago during the Vancouver Creative Music Institute (vcmi) It was a fantastic experience. It was interesting hearing him talk, similar in some ways to how he improvises sometimes. During a talk to all the students, he started talking by saying "Oh, I'm not really a teacher, I don't do this sort of thing very often." But of course while saying that he's thinking about the next thing to talk about and it snowballed into a seamless three hour talk on the history of British Improvised Music, Coltrane, music in general, the mechanics of his techniques and approaches to practicing.

I first heard him when one of my teachers in college (now the head of the music dept.) lent me 'Conic Sections'. I was totally floored and amazed. I listened to it repeatedly and taped it and returned the CD.
A few weeks later I brought the tape with me and played it for the Woodwind Master Class. It was received with puzzled looks and obvious looks of discomfort.
The ancient Oboe player who was one of the two teachers in the class, said "Well.....it's sort of interesting, but why would you do that?"
A few weeks later my Clarinet teacher, who had spent some time studying with Evan and had applied his techniques to Clarinet came in and did a demonstration.
Most people still hated it. I can't get enough of Evan's playing.
The Schlippenbach Trio is one of my favourite groups from anywhere.
 

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Several years ago Evan Parker and Roscoe Mitchell appeared together on the "stage" of the old Hot House club on Milwaukee Avenue. I'm sure some listeners are still trying to get their heads untangled from that even of sonic gyrations.
 

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I think, in terms of complete command of your instrument, Evan Parker is the greatest saxophonist in the world today. When I listen to any recording with him and other European free jazz greats, be it Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley, Peter Brotzmann, Peter Kowald, or whoever, I almost always find Parker's improvisations to be the most towering.

I love his work in the Alexander Schlippenbach trio. To that end, I'd heartily recommend his 50th birthday concert album, which consists of that trio along with his own, with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton.

Another great, albeit quiter trio album he was in was Paul Bley's Time Will Tell.
 

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I saw him live in concert with the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio.
That was about a year ago.
Amazing!
Schlippenbach on piano and drummer was Paul Lovens.
Together they play in this constellation for about 35 years, so it was said...!!!

Improvised Music - Not always "pleasant", and not even "music" compared to what our ears are shaped by these days.

But brilliant, ecstatic, contemplative and precise...

About Parker: They basically played two compositions with a break in between. During the first piece, I sat about 1 or 2 metres away from Parker and it was SO loud...unbelievable. Could enjoy it much more later when I sat on the other side of the stage.
 

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btw. not only does he play loud but so amazingly controlled, even in a free music context.

he extensively does circular breathing with his cheeks puffing out like big balloons but YOU CAN´T HEAR THE SLIGHTEST CHANGE IN HIS SOUND during that.
 

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Swingin' Cat said:
One of the keys to Parker's great tenor tone is that he plays a King Super 20. :king:
One of the bigger keys to his tenor tone is his obsessive practicing.

My Clarinet teacher was telling me about when Evan was working on 'doodle-tonguing' (tonguing very quickly by moving the tongue up and down or side to side and hitting the reed on each pass.) . Evan would practice this technique all day (Like he does whenever he's working on something new, though he, like any sane saxophonist warms up with scales and arpeggios)and at one point during a practice session he looked down to see a little puddle of blood on the floor and blood dripping out of his soprano.
 

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chitownjazz said:
Let's hope a little thing like that didn't make him end the practice session ;)
It probably didn't. Maybe he took a short break.....
 

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Minatar12 said:
I think, in terms of complete command of your instrument, Evan Parker is the greatest saxophonist in the world today. [/I]
I agree.

Evan is also an amazing listener. Especially in horn duos.

i.e: From Saxophone and Trombone with George Lewis and Chicago Tenor Duets with Joe McPhee.

He has also been utilizing his tenor more than his soprano in recent acoustic settings. He usually uses both, but emphasises more on his soprano in the past.

He sticks to the soprano exclusively with his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble though.
 

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He has also been utilizing his tenor more than his soprano in recent acoustic settings.

Something I've been very happy about. Not that I don't like his soprano playing...it's just that I love his tenor playing.

As for a little pool of blood, I've heard that Peter Brotzmann once cracked a rib during a performance. Anyone who has ever heard him would understand why, but does anyone know if it's true, or merely apocryphal?
 

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Minatar12 said:
Something I've been very happy about. Not that I don't like his soprano playing...it's just that I love his tenor playing.
His tone on the tenor is generally warmer. Have you heard Chicago Solo?
 

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TheWane said:
His tone on the tenor is generally warmer. Have you heard Chicago Solo?
I've got it. I was listening to it in the car yesterday because of this post.


I've heard that Brotzmann story before too. If it's possible for anyone, it's Brotz.
 

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Two years ago, I drew an awful portrait of Evan Parker:



The portrait is based on the Monoceros album cover.
 
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