PARKER’S PARADE

A free-spirited saxman drops anchor in NY

Two weeks, one sax, no chaser: Evan Parker, a veteran of the radical, thickly contrapuntal, British improvisational scene of the ’60s and ’70s, is that rare bird who prefers a solo stance and no accompanying band. That said, the Paul Desmond/Dave Brubeck disciple has played nicely in the past with such eminences as Peter Brötzmann, Cecil Taylor, the Brotherhood of Breath, and even the rock group Spiritualized. Over the decades, his style has shifted from deeply avant-garde into more electronic roots (i.e., his America 2003), but his free-form is still a much-heralded device live. What will he bring to an extended residency of lone gigs and surprise guests at the proudly paltry Stone? Just the blues, out of time.
Oct. 2-16, 2009

 
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