13 aprile 2021

 

Esce in questi giorni per Cadillac Records un nuovo eccellente album di Evan Parker, ad arricchire ulteriormente un periodo già fitto di uscite a suo nome: All Knavery & Collusion, registrato ancora in epoca pre-Covid - ma la sua influenza si fa ugualmente sentire - il primo giorno d'estate di due anni fa, in quartetto con Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards e Paul Lytton. L'edizione in vinile è limitata a 500 copie, e nelle prime cinquanta è incluso un regalino in tema...

Recorded pre-Covid in the summer of 2019, All Knavery and Collusion still exhibits the existential weight of the global pandemic that would follow six-months later. Titles for four of the program’s seven pieces borrow from Daniel Defoe’s novel Journal of the Plague Year and there’s an air of portentousness to the music given the slightly bitter aftertaste attendant with Evan Parker’s professed skepticism on the public import of scientifically-based precautionary measures. Pause certainly seems warranted regarding that misguided perspective, but the merits of the music remain uncompromised and every bit as bracing as one would expect from the caliber of the participants.