I bought this CD last year, slightly on a whim, after watching Evan Parker’s Electro-acoustic ensemble at the London jazz festival. On its first play I couldn’t really see what was supposed to be happening, and I tossed it into a corner with no real intention of paying much attention to it again… However, playing it over again these last few days, I can’t really believe I missed it all first time round. (I’m being blown away re-listening to Part I as I’m writing…)
It’s a slightly random collection of solo and duo improvisations; a 1975 live recording from London’s Wigmore Hall. Parker plays soprano and tenor saxes through the first and second halves, respectively; Bailey starts off with a stereo set-up (each channel controlled by independent volume pedals) and finishes off with his (infamous?) 19-string behemoth (after reading this page I’m not too sure what ’19-string’ is supposed to mean, exactly?). I think this is about the earliest Parker record I’ve heard (except for late 60’s things with big Peter Brötzmann groups) and he’s playing a lot more staccato, with trembling screeches that I don’t recognise from the Evan Parker records I’m used to. I don’t know enough to be able to say whether this is just his contemporary style, or whether he’s specifically picking up on the fractured lines from Derek Bailey. Anyway, it’s really interesting, and alerted me to a time-gap in my record collection that needs to be filled. There’s definitely a Bailey shaped hole that needs filling quickly; the only other thing I have of him is the (excellent, rocking) Moat Recordings. Thing is, I know that’s really terrible and I should have more, but his discography looks a bit obtuse at the moment and I’m not too sure where to start… Any recommendations?