Sunday, August 03, 2014

Straight Horning: Time Lapse/Follies/Chirps

Evan Parker Time Lapse (Tzadik)

Recorded in various sessions between 1996 and 2001 this solo album mixes up solo pieces with overdubbed solo works. Parker sticks to soprano throughout (aside from “Organ Point” where he plays organ in addition to soprano). Check out the strong melodies he blows over the hypnotic backing on “Ak-Kor-Deer” (great, clean tone here too). “Pulse and the Circulation of the Blood” features more hypnotic soprano’s circling around each other. “Chorus After Alaric 1 or 2 for Gavin Byers” has an eerie, lyrical, unrushed quality to it that appeals to me. The three solo pieces are more in line with Parker’s previous solo soprano recordings. The more I listen to Parker the more I dig is sound. When Parker holds notes/plays clean his tone really comes to the fore – something that doesn’t always show through on his solo outings.

Steve Lacy Quintet Follies (FMP)

Steve Potts (alto sax) Irene Aebi (cello) Kent Carter (b) Oliver Johnson (d) I picked this up from the Destination Out store. It’s pretty raw live recording (Berlin 1977) and that rawness matches the intensity of the music. It’s an intense album and recommended for those looking for some full-throttle Lacy (check out his burning solos on “The Crust” or the title track. The band is breathing fire with the two saxophones blowing on top. Aebi’s cello adds to the vibe, it has a dark mysterious quality to it – this album would sound very different without it (or if it had been replaced with, say, piano). Potts has a distinctive voice on alto for which I feel he gets very little acknowledgement. Lacy really took the horn places… not just soprano, but the saxophone in general and the music too.

Steve Lacy & Evan Parker Chirps (FMP)

Another disc I picked up at the Destination Out store. The first three tracks are from a Berlin concert in 1985 and the remaining three tracks were recorded at the same venue following the concert. The two soprano masters are well attuned to one another and have a great blend (tone/sounds and musically). It’s nice to hear the Lacy influence on Parker’s playing. He plays differently here - I was (pleasantly) surprised to hear just how much Parker moved towards Lacy during this disc. This is a very listenable set and one that I’m sure to return to again and again. Soprano players put this on your required listening, and anyone interested in duo performances will take plenty away from this album. It’s a very nice sounding recording too.

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