This latest installment of saxophonist Evan Parker’s "Electro-Acoustic Ensemble" commemorates Charles Arthur Muses’ philosophies pertaining to Chronotopology. Hence, the nonet’s interleaving subtleties lucidly mirror the album title, as the electric and acoustic element; once again balance out rather poignantly.
Saxes, signal processing equipment, computers, and other artificial intelligence type devices are carefully woven into the acoustic improvisations throughout the program. At times, drifty and quietly powerful, the musicians toggle between a gothic approach amid elements of solstice via polytonal sounds and statements. Parker’s chord voicing type circular movements sometimes cast an ominous edge. While his longtime associate, bassist Barry Guy executes sinuous lines atop percussionist Paul Lytton’s asymmetrical way of engineering a pulse. In addition, the mix is noticeably uncluttered and spacious. You’ll detect EFX induced trickling noises commingled with dabs of electro-mechanical articulations. Ultimately, the musicians’ unpredictability provides the ingredients for what translates into a strangely beautiful endeavor! (Recommended.... )