Evan Parker, Winns Win, Byrd Out ****

Here's the 'Stow down by now you know the music of Evan Parker and if you do the ultimate Walthamstow album I think to be fair is Walthamstow Moon (’61 Revisited). Or you don't. If you do Winns Win is a lap of honour not that Parker is a kind of …

Published: 28 Oct 2021. Updated: 36 days.

Here's the 'Stow down by now you know the music of Evan Parker and if you do the ultimate Walthamstow album I think to be fair is Walthamstow Moon (’61 Revisited). Or you don't. If you do Winns Win is a lap of honour not that Parker is a kind of lap of honour person. He probably would balk at the notion. And yet he has a lot to be proud of here as he pays tribute to William Morris, Walthamstow and most significantly John Russell. If you aren't familiar consider this as ''an easy'' wake-up call not that there is a prattling smooth radio Smashey and Nicey side to Parker. But the real 2021 release you need to get is All Knavery and Collusion by far and away the best avant release that this blog has heard in all 2021 and included in our overall best-of. Parker releases a lot of records so this is my best guess of the ones I know. Go on, pig out on April's excellent and characteristically fearsome Electro-Acoustic Ensemble release Warszawa 2019 while you are at it. And yet bearing in mind its limitations Winns Win is solo zen. A seemingly endless cycle of high pitched circular saxophone patterns I'd hesitate to call it minimalist but in terms of a vast vocabulary there isn't much beyond a strict routine and it is a very uncluttered highly lucid sound. Using circular breathing, formidable technique, immense concentration and a harnessing of intense focus you certainly achieve a state of mindfulness listening to these abstractions and they are quite beautiful in this regard. Serene, this is a Walthamstow homage to both socialist hero William Morris and the free improviser John Russell who died earlier this year. Some of these pieces are brief but never slight. Once again you go on a journey with every Parker listen. This might not be the same epic Marco Polo of a voyage as All Knavery and Collusion. But whether your motor vehicle is a Morris Minor or not and you're off to Tesco rather than embarking for the silk road the recording still represents a ride for your imagination to hitch a lift to a destination that you can't journey to on just any old day. Out now

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Preview: Fofoulah, Servant Jazz

Into the sounds of Senegal, dazzling sabar flow and a whole lot more? Fofoulah are that bit distinctive and appear on Saturday night all being well. But the venue they are to play has been blighted by flooding as a result of ongoing building work …

Published: 28 Oct 2021. Updated: 36 days.

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Into the sounds of Senegal, dazzling sabar flow and a whole lot more? Fofoulah are that bit distinctive and appear on Saturday night all being well. But the venue they are to play has been blighted by flooding as a result of ongoing building work nearby lately so hopefully the roof will not spring a leak again if the heavens open. It's Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston where the griot's going on. And finding out the latest, marlbank popped in during their recent chess night and was alerted to the gig by Alice Passey who runs the place. Standing talking behind the bar Alice only broke off to join in a game of chess in a break, a new passion, she says, having got into the board game via the chess.com website. Servant Jazz is tiny. You go downstairs from street level on Bradbury Street for the live music. First on our radar in 2016 the barefooted pianist Sarah Tandy was in residence back then and was a fine bit of booking and high on the agenda of any self-respecting London jazz scenester to catch at that time. Unfortunately we have missed so far the great ex-Polar Bear/Andy Sheppard/Patti Smith drummer Seb Rochford's current residency but it continues, Alice says, with a collaboration featuring the fine Jazz Jamaica guitarist Shirley Tetteh and the Anthony Braxton and Lady Blackbird bassist Rochford's bandmate in Pulled by Magnets Neil Charles. Looking ahead to Saturday Fafoulah with their charismatic frontman the griot Batch Gueye from Senegal who sings in Wolof is teamed with not only the free-jazz saxophonist familiar to fans of the ECM and Babel labels Tom Challenger but also Robert Plant drummer Dave Smith among the line-up.

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