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Dave Holland and Evan Parker, Reunited
Two of the most prominent, versatile artists to emerge from the fertile London jazz hotbed of the 1960s, bassist Dave Holland and saxophonist Evan Parker have pursued markedly different paths over the ensuing decades. After significant early stints with Miles Davis, Anthony Braxton, and Sam Rivers, Holland established himself as a major bandleader and composer, assembling one exceptional combo after another – documented initially on the ECM label, and more recently on Dare2 Records, the label Holland established in 2005.
Parker, meanwhile, became one of the torchbearers for the burgeoning European free improvisation movement. He demonstrated a peerless virtuosity in jaw-dropping solo flights, and matched fleet reflexes with brawny power in spontaneous groupings of all sizes, from duos to improvising orchestras. Long documented by Incus, the pioneering label he co-founded with fellow improvisors Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, Parker would go on to record for numerous labels—not least ECM, the home of his innovative Electroacoustic Ensemble releases, and Psi, his current personal imprint.
It should come as no surprise that these two titans crossed paths early on. One of their most significant intersections, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble LP Karyobin, was reissued by Emanem in 2017 with new liner notes and the best sound quality to date for this benchmark 1968 session.
Now, Holland and Parker are revisiting their early musical chemistry with Uncharted Territories, a new two-CD or three-LP set coming May 11 on Dare2. Recorded in Catskill, NY, on Tuesday, May 2, and Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the set finds the veteran players interacting spontaneously and fruitfully with two agile, likeminded younger counterparts: pianist-keyboardist Craig Taborn and percussionist Ches Smith.
According to Holland’s liner notes for the set, his return to what he calls “open form improvisation” was prompted by a conversation with Parker after the bassist sat in with the saxophonist’s trio during a gig at London’s Vortex Jazz Club. “We started playing music together after meeting in London around 1967,” Holland writes, “and have remained good friends ever since. We initially thought of recording some duo improvisations and we set aside a few days to go into the studio.”
What was conceived as a twosome soon became a threesome when Holland suggested adding Smith, and then a foursome when he incorporated Taborn, who had played in Holland’s group Prism. The newly minted quartet hit the studio with three compositions in hand to establish a baseline rapport: two pieces by Smith, “Thought on Earth” and “Unsteady As She Goes,” plus Holland’s “Q&A,” which he had performed previously with the collective quartet Circle, and recorded on his monumental ECM album Conference of the Birds.
The remainder of the session explores all the available duo and trio permutations, as well as full-quartet improvisations. The tracks bear titles that attest to their instrumentation and provenance: “QW1” denoting the first group improvisation from the Wednesday session, or “Tenor – Bass – Percussion T2” for the second take played by Parker, Holland, and Smith on Tuesday. The emphatic, empathetic playing heard throughout the set is captured ideally by engineer James Farber’s careful recording, mastered by Greg Calbi and produced by Holland.
No tracks from Uncharted Territories are available for preview streaming yet. But if you’re eager for a taste of how Holland and Parker sound together circa now, you need look no further than Bandcamp, where in January the pair posted a brief, pithy duo improvisation.
That track, incidentally, was posted to raise funds for Vortex Jazz Club, a volunteer-run operation located in the Dalston area of the London Borough of Hackney. Holland and Parker are due to play two live sets at that friendly, cozy space on March 2; for ticket information, look here.
Uncharted Territories is due on May 11, 2018, on Dare2 Records.
New This Week
Ondrej Adámek – Sinuous Voices – Roméo Monteiro, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain/Daniel Kawka (Aeon) Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether (NNA Tapes) Pablo Santiago Chin – Three Burials – Dalia Chin, Eliza Bangert, Ensemble Dal Niente/David Cubek, Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia/Walter Morales (New Focus) Lara Downes & Friends – For Lenny (Sony Classical) Roger Doyle – Heresy: An Electronic Opera (Heresy) Eva-Maria Houben – Breath for Organ (Second Editions) Helmut Lachenmann – Got Lost; String Trio; Serynade – Yuko Kakuta, Yukiko Sugawara, Trio Recherche (Wergo) Michael Pisaro – étant donnés (Gravity Wave) Michael Pisaro/Reinier van Houdt – Shades of Eternal Night (Gravity Wave) Third Coast Percussion – Paddle to the Sea (Cedille) Erkki-Sven Tüür – Illuminatio; Whistles and Whispers from Uluru; Symphony No. 8 – Lawrence Power, Genevieve Lacey, Tapiola Sinfonietta/Olari Elts (Ondine)
(☆ – new addition this week)
John Luther Adams – All That Rises – JACK Quartet (Cold Blue) Michael Adkins Quartet – Flaneur (hatOLOGY)
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet – Landfall (Nonesuch) John Beckwith – Instrumental Works, 2006-2016 – various artists (Centrediscs) Samuel Blaser with Marc Ducret & Peter Bruun – Taktlos Zürich 2017 (hatOLOGY) William Brittelle – Without Chasms (New Amsterdam; subscription-only) Sarah Buechi – Contradiction of Happiness (Intakt) Markus Eichenberger & Daniel Studer – Suspended (hatOLOGY) Christopher Fox – Headlong – Heather Roche (Metier) Shinya Fukumori Trio – For 2 Akis (ECM) Peter Garland – Moon Viewing Music (Inscrutable Stillness Studies #1) – William Winant (Cold Blue) Michael Hersch – Images from a Closed Ward – FLUX Quartet (New Focus) Alice Ping Yee Ho – The Mysterious Boot – Susan Hoeppner, Winona Zelenka, Lydia Wong (Centrediscs) Nicolas Masson Quartet – Travelers (ECM) Myra Melford Trio – Alive in the House of Saints, Part 2 (hatOLOGY; reissue) Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton – Music for David Mossman (Live at Vortex London) (Intakt) George Perle – Orchestral Music (1965-1987) – Jay Campbell, Seattle Symphony/Ludovic Morlot (Bridge) Poliça + s t a r g a z e – Music for the Long Emergency (Totally Gross National Product) Elena Ruehr – String Quartets Nos. 1-6 – Stephen Salters, Cypress String Quartet; Borromeo String Quartet (Avie) Andy Sheppard Quartet – Romaria (ECM) Norma Winstone – Descansado – Music for Films (ECM)
Mark Applebaum – Speed Dating – Takao Hyakytome, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players/Eduardo Leandro, Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble/Terry Longshore (Innova)
The Crossing – If There Were Water (Innova) Dolce Suono Trio with Lucy Shelton – American Canvas (Innova) Duo Damiana (Molly Barth & Dieter Hennings) – castillos de viento (Innova)
Fossil Aerosol Mining Project – August 53rd (Helen Scarsdale) Scott Johnson – Mind Out of Matter – Alarm Will Sound/Alan Pierson (Tzadik) Michael Gordon – Sonatra – Vicky Chow (Cantaloupe Music) Dave Liebman/Tatsuya Nakatani/Adam Rudolph – The Unknowable (RareNoise)
☆ Adam Nussbaum – The Lead Belly Project (Sunnyside) Bobby Previte – Rhapsody (RareNoise) Subtle Degrees – A Dance That Empties (New Amsterdam/NNA Tapes) YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe – Flower of Sulphur (Thrill Jockey)
Michael Daugherty – Dreamachine; Trail of Tears; Reflections on the Mississippi – Evelyn Glennie, Amy Porter, Carol Jantsch, Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Allan Miller (Naxos) Olivia De Prato – Streya – works by Samson Young, Victor Lowrie, Ned Rothenberg, Taylor Brook, Reiko Fueting, and Missy Mazzoli (New Focus) Mathias Eick – Ravensberg (ECM) Sebastian Fagerlund – Stonework; Drifts; Transit – Ismo Eskelinen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Hannu Lintu (Bis) Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM) Olivier Messiaen – Catalogue d’oiseaux – Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Pentatone)
Ensemble Musikfabrik – Kreutzungen – works by Vassos Nicolaou, Johannes Schöllhorn, Gérard Grisey, Dieter Mack (Wergo)
☆ Brian Ferneyhough – La Terre est un Homme – Olivia Robinson, Jennifer Adams-Barbaro, Cherith Millburn-Fryer, EXAUDI/James Weeks, ensemble recherche, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins (NMC Recordings) ☆ Sarah Nemtsov – Amplified Imagination – Ensemble Adapter, ensemble mosaik, Sonar Quartett (Wergo)
☆ Jordan Pal – Into the Wonder – Gryphon Trio, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra/Arthur Post (Analekta) ☆ Wang Lu – Urban Inventory – International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Moderne (New Focus) ☆ Scott Miller – Raba – Laura Cocks, Dan Lippel, Ensemble :U (New Focus) ☆ Lucas Niggli – Alchemia Garden (Intakt) ☆ Aruán Ortiz Trio – Live in Zürich (Intakt)
☆ Sergio Sorrentino – dream: American Music for Electric Guitar – works by John Cage, David Lang, Jack Vees, Elliott Sharp, Alvin Curran, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, and Van Stiefel (Mode) ☆ Philip Venables – Below the Belt – Melinda Maxwell, Phoenix Piano Trio, Ligeti Quartet, David Hoyle, London Sinfonietta/Richard Baker (NMC Recordings)
☆ Arild Andersen – In-House Science (ECM) Karl Berger – In a Moment – Music for Piano & Strings (Tzadik)
☆ Jakob Bro – Returnings (ECM)
☆ Caroline Davis – Heart Tonic (Sunnyside) ☆ Yuko Fujiyama – night wave (Innova)
☆ Kyle Gann – Hyperchromatica (Other Minds) Anne Guthrie – Brass Orchids (Students of Decay) ☆ Ah Young Hong – a breath upwards – vocal works by Milton Babbitt and Michael Hersch (Innova) Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Music and Poetry of the Kesh (Freedom to Spend)
Mary Halvorson – Code Girl (Firehouse 12) Invisible Anatomy – Dissections (New Amsterdam) Sonar with David Torn – Vortex (RareNoise)
☆ Sons of Kemet – Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
Henry Threadgill 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg – Dirt… and More Dirt (Pi Recordings)
Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints – Scandal (Greenleaf Music) ☆ Quince Ensemble – Motherland – vocal works by Gilda Lyons, Laura Steenberge, Cara Haxo, and Jennifer Jolley (New Focus)
☆ Patrick Zimmerli Quartet – Clockworks (Songlines)
☆ Duduka Da Fonseca Trio – Plays Dom Salvador (Sunnyside)
☆ Edward Simon – Sorrows & Triumphs (Sunnyside)
☆ Mike McGinnis with Steve Swallow & Art Lande – Singular Awakening (Sunnyside)
☆ Nils Vigeland/Reiko Fueting/Daniel Lippel/John Popham – “…through which the past shines…” – solo and chamber works for guitar by Nils Vigeland and Reiko Fueting (New Focus)
☆ Roman Filiú – Quarteria (Sunnyside) ☆ Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Craig Taborn & Ches Smith – Uncharted Territories (Dare2 Records)
☆ Robert Honstein – An Economy of Means – Karl Larson, Douglas Perkins (New Focus)
☆ Loadbang – Old Fires – works by Scott Wollschleger, Angélica Negrón, Taylor Brook, Paula Matthusen, William Lang, Jeffrey Gavett, and Reiko Fueting