Evan Parker, Barry Guy, So It Goes..., Maya Recordings ****

Microscopic detail and fierce intensity - it's part of what you expect from two avant masters in these titanic saxophone and bass improvisations. And So It Goes does not disappoint in either regard. Evan Parker, who turns 80 in 2024, explains the …

Published: 9 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

Microscopic detail and fierce intensity - it's part of what you expect from two avant masters in these titanic saxophone and bass improvisations. And So It Goes does not disappoint in either regard. Evan Parker, who turns 80 in 2024, explains the title which spawns a suite of three 'So It Goes' pieces on this engrossing album which is a must for Parker and Guy fans: ''Barry Guy and I first met and played together in a version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the days of the legendary Little Theatre Club. The late John Stevens, visionary prophet of the coming music was the key figure at the centre of things who brought us together. ''So it goes'' – John often used this figure of speech. I was reminded of this when I was looking through Samuel Beckett’s Collected Letters, hoping to glean some titles, knowing that Barry would be happy with a Beckett quote. Somewhere on one of the three thousand one hundred and eighty two pages I recall Beckett using the same expression in signing off a letter. Two of our heroes connected by these three words in this way give us our title, which indeed expresses the very nature of creating music together.''

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Tracks from a selection of new albums to look forward to coming in 2024

'Again Again' from singer Cyrille Aimée drawn from à Fleur de Peau is due on Whirlwind on 8 February. Cyrille says: “I’ve been writing forever, but this album is my real birth as a songwriter.'' 'Prelude: Orison' from the Vijay Iyer trio's …

Published: 9 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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'Again Again' from singer Cyrille Aimée drawn from à Fleur de Peau is due on Whirlwind on 8 February. Cyrille says: “I’ve been writing forever, but this album is my real birth as a songwriter.''

'Prelude: Orison' from the Vijay Iyer trio's upcoming album Compassion (ECM) due on 2 February. The album includes a version of Stevie Wonder's 'Overjoyed' and Roscoe Mitchell's 'Nonaah' Iyer uniting once again with Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey.

'The Gate' from Cloudward is out on 19 January from Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson. The Nonesuch release has 8 new compositions by Halvorson appearing with her sextet Amaryllis. The cool twists and turns of 'The Gate' do not in any way disappoint.

'And So It Goes' from At Pizza Express Live - in London (PX) out on 16 February follows on from an appearance at Harold Sanditen's open mic night at Crazy Coqs in London to an invitation for the Swiss born singer to perform across Soho at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club with the idea of recording this live album.

And last but not least Elan Mehler's fine version of Ellington's 'In a Sentimental Mood' is a great way in to the prospect of his upcoming solo piano album for Sunnyside, Trouble in Mind, recorded in New Orleans. out on 12 January.

Cyrille Aimée, photo: publicity shot