26 aprile 2017

L'etichetta Dropa Disc, emanazione dell'associazione belga Sound in Motion promotrice di festival e iniziative per musiche di ricerca e d'avanguardia, firma il debutto discografico del trio PEN (Evan Parker, John Edwards, Steve Noble) contenente la registrazione del loro concerto ad Antwerp del 24 gennaio 2015. Ne scrive gran bene Martin Schray per Free Jazz Blog: "Parker has played with most of the leading figures in British improvisation, so it’s surprising that the trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble has been unrecorded, until now. On PEN Parker’s lines slip in and around bass and drums, blurred yet finely elaborated, like a northern light in a dark winter sky, bringing to mind one of Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. Like Richter, Parker displays a fluency and ease - proficiency mastered but not on display. As Mingus once said: "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." Whereas Richter seems to comment on an illusionary effect - the appearance of something not quite present - Parker’s more concrete. His tenor saxophone meanders and flows, as bass and drums flicker like stars. The music is tight and cohesive, with no unnecessary affects (one of the principles in his bands), as well as excellent timing. He lets Edwards and Noble prepare the ground before stepping into the arena, winding in a relaxed fashion through a maze of rolling bass and high speed percussion. Once warmed up, the trio progress effortlessly, with Parker’s softer, fuller tone, a characteristic of his more recent playing."