PARKER, EVAN & JOE MCPHEE - WHAT / IF / THEY BOTH COULD FLY (CD)


"On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music - one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend 'Thunder Pussy' - stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners - one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. Now, Norway's adventurous Rune Grammofon label is releasing a forty minute recording of that event. What/If/They Both Could Fly is only the second time this titanic pair have appeared as a duo on record. Evan Parker was 68 when this concert was recorded and by now music just seems to beat within him, sure as his own heartbeat. McPhee, at 73, is the elder here, but his zaps of energy on the tiny pocket trumpet, and his thoughtful, exploratory lines and throbbing soprano sax overtones are played as vigorously as a man half his age. The duo improvise moment by moment, but there's a tangible, overarching arc that these two veterans instinctively understand - a depth of vision that lifts them head and shoulders above their younger peers. Play this and you'll believe two men can fly. Personnel Evan Parker: tenor saxophone, Joe McPhee: pocket trumpet, soprano saxophone." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | SE| 2013| RUNE GRAMMOFON | 16.90


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