Boomkat Product Review:
Being the UK's equivalent of Peter Brotzmann means that as far as free jazz saxophonists go, Evan Parker has very few equals. A man who gets much respect and who has a rich and varied back catalogue, Parker has graced the free jazz racks for the last forty years starting with the SME in 1967. This rare outing for Tzadik (so fresh that it's still showing as upcoming on their website) is a solo joint, not traditionally solo though, think multitracked with each piece ringing out in varied voices, from calmed reflection to turbulent far reaching aggro. One piece features an organ drone backing, but apart from that it's a heads down experience that's far from easy listening. His recent appearances on ECM may lull you into the wrong state of expectation, those CD's reach back into Manfred Eicher's early days of world class improv but that's another story altogether. A specialized, truly intense listen.