Evan Parker

Three Other Stories (1971-1974)

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An extraordinary recording by any standard, what makes these three duets with percussionist Paul Lytton so special is the absolute sense of discovery found throughout. At this stage in their careers, Parker and Lytton were exploring a range of sounds on homemade instruments, so that Lytton, for example, in addition to his enormous percussion set (it is said it took him three hours to set it up), revs up splendidly executed live electronics, air horns, dog whistles, harmonium, and klaxon, among others. Parker, in addition to his soprano and tenor saxophones, performs on voice tube, dopplerphone, shĂȘng, ocarina, and lyttonophone. Add to the mix excerpted tapes of earlier performances, and even some of the saxophonist's own voice, and you have the makings of one unusual collection. Who says the English free players have no sense of humor? They do here, and somehow it all works, in an accessible, though non-commercial sort of way.

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