Evan Parker quartet album All Knavery & Collusion to be released in the spring

There is no more influential or significant free-improviser originating from the UK jazz scene down the decades than Evan Parker. 'A Well Staring at the Sky' introduces studio recording All Knavery & Collusion new on a resurgent Cadillac Records …

Published: 9 Feb 2021. Updated: 9 months.

There is no more influential or significant free-improviser originating from the UK jazz scene down the decades than Evan Parker. 'A Well Staring at the Sky' introduces studio recording All Knavery & Collusion new on a resurgent Cadillac Records for April. Pianist Alexander Hawkins, double bassist John Edwards and drummer Paul Lytton join the sax titan. To drill down what happens on the track? Signature overblowing and the gull-like indentations of sound that Parker has made part of his signature method are heard early on. A small cluster of notes do all the work to operate like a pendulum, Edwards' arco bass enters like a Greek chorus behind him, then the surprise hit of a cymbal and brief cascade from Hawkins transforms the mood. The short piece reaches an overlapping crescendo when Lytton ups the drama, a tumble of toms part of his contribution. Parker finds a way to respond as a low register moan takes his sound deep and into the darkness.

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A glimmer of optimism for the summer festival season ahead

Tickets are on sale and a programme is announced significantly by a big jazz promoter in Austria for the open air 3-day INNtöne jazz festival this summer, one of the first by any European promoter so far. Run by trombonist and bandleader Paul Zauner

Published: 8 Feb 2021. Updated: 9 months.

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Tickets are on sale and a programme is announced significantly by a big jazz promoter in Austria for the open air 3-day INNtöne jazz festival this summer, one of the first by any European promoter so far. Run by trombonist and bandleader Paul Zauner, known for his work with saxophonist David Murray and the first promoter to put on Gregory Porter anywhere in Europe back in the day, Paul, against the odds, managed to run events last summer suitably socially distanced.

Optimism for the summer festival season is badly needed. Timing seems realistic given that because it is beginning on 30 July it is not too soon in the vaccination roll-out and return to mass international travel. Line-up, with more to be announced, is strong and includes: Bill Frisell trio, the Michel Portal/Lionel Loueke/Christi Joza Orisha trio, Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri trio, Fergus McCreadie trio, Ranky Tanky and the Paulette McWilliams band.

Full line-up here. Tickets: here