Evan Parker Quartet, All Knavery and Collusion *****

The deeper you travel into the light and to the heart of jazz the more you will encounter Evan Parker and that need to journey further to remain in that dimension is crucial. It took me many years to really get what Parker does beyond the basics …

Published: 12 Apr 2021. Updated: 5 months.

The deeper you travel into the light and to the heart of jazz the more you will encounter Evan Parker and that need to journey further to remain in that dimension is crucial.

It took me many years to really get what Parker does beyond the basics of appreciating his astounding technical command of the saxophone and progressing to survey his own ''linguistic'' innovations achieved through circular breathing and a microscopic sense of cellular detail. That process started in a live context by hearing Parker in duo with Stan Tracey in Gateshead in 2005.

Here with an outrageously simpatico band Parker is with John Edwards and the double bassist's fellow Mulatu bandmate pianist Alexander Hawkins plus drummer Paul Lytton recording in Kent the day after a Vortex gig in east London.

Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (1772) is one of a number of literary inspirations in the titling. Serene, contemplative, outstanding: All Knavery & Collusion is aptly a desert island disc. SG Out on Cadillac on Friday

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Bafta win for Jon Batiste

''Awesome we won,'' Jon Batiste's reaction on Twitter to winning the Bafta for best original score for Soul a win for the New Orleans pianist, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and his Old Etonian English-born bandmate Atticus Ross. Soul is also …

Published: 12 Apr 2021. Updated: 5 months.

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''Awesome we won,'' Jon Batiste's reaction on Twitter to winning the Bafta for best original score for Soul a win for the New Orleans pianist, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and his Old Etonian English-born bandmate Atticus Ross. Soul is also nominated for an Oscar for best original score this year.

The story of Joe, voiced by Jamie Foxx, a jazz pianist scuffling for work in New York who on getting a club gig fixed up stumbles down a manhole in the street to find himself in an otherworldly realm where he meets the cynical 22 voiced by Tina Fey.

In the music saxophonist Tia Fuller who provides the real saxophone sound behind the hard to impress bandleader Dorothea Williams and probably steals the show in the fictional Half Note when hero Joe (voiced very warmly by Jamie Foxx) finally fulfils his dreams and plays a significant gig after years as a middle school teacher as he attempts to come back from the dead. Jon Baptiste photo Louie Brown/Universal