Joe McPhee


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It's difficult to classify this trio of saxophone improvisers in tandem with one another, and, with the exception of Parker, it's nearly impossible to tell them apart. The reasons are simple: McPhee has so many sounds and Lazro is not as well known on recordings in the States. There are four pieces here, each of which is an exercise in polytonal inquiry or microtonal extrapolation. These four exercises are merely sound-on-sound explorations that come through a brief series of melodic ideas and are turned inside out to reflect the timbral essence of each note being played to construct them. McPhee draws many of these exercises in these pieces back to a blues or groove framework, evoking ghosts of heroes long since passed and seldom acknowledged by the rest of this hyper-literate mob. This isn't a noodle fest, but it is very subdued with little change in dynamic throughout. This is a disc for people who like to think about the saxophone or hear Joe McPhee practice with a couple of other guys.

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