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At Les Instants Chavires by Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton

This is a 1997 recording at the French venue known as "Les Instants Chavires," by one of Britain’s fabled free-jazz style trios. On this outing, Evan Parker performs on both tenor and soprano saxophones, along with his longtime musical associates, bassist Barry Guy and percussionist Paul Lytton. And while there are few surprises here, this outing signifies an extension of a very formidable legacy. With pieces such as "Montreuil Motion," Lytton’s rolling and tumbling rhythmic forays instill a sense of perpetual motion. As Parker’s (tenor sax) jagged blasts of energy and rippling lines coalesce with Guy’s intricate plucking and fleeting shifts in direction. A vibrant undertow characterizes much of this album, especially on the thirty-eight minute work titled "Three Legged Chicken (for Vernon)." Here, the musicians’ evocative exchanges convey a sense of raw expressionism, as they embark upon a course consisting of turbulent discourses, and subtle deviations. Marked by an oscillating ebb and flow, this piece and others demonstrate the band’s propensity for taming the proceedings down to a near whisper or rising to a heated boil. Recommended....

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
  • CD Title: At Les Instants Chavires
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: PSI Records
  • Musicians: Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxophones), Barry Guy (double bass), Paul Lytton (percussion)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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