Evan Rapport

The Destruction of Evan Rapport

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Solo outings can be difficult to sustain, but saxophonist Evan Rapport acquits himself well on this unusual CD. By the time this recording was released in 1999, Rapport had already entrenched himself in the hardcore community of free improvisation centered in Baltimore, MD. This remarkable document features Rapport on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, plus flute, oboe, and various reeds and mouthpieces, not to mention voice and "human-a-tone." Sometimes, he blows more than one horn at a time, although not quite with the proficiency of Roland Kirk, for whom one of the multiple horn pieces is dedicated. Still, there is some very creative and original blowing on almost every track, and Rapport's growth as a major performer is evident. Sometimes it is a bit solipsistic, but most of this recording is a fascinating exhibition by an unusual talent.