Swirling and slicing sound without a scrap of prepared material is a dangerous game—tedium lurks in the bushes for those instrumentalists without profound technique, a wealth of ideas, or a sturdy concept. British saxophonist Parker has flaunted all three for decades now. An icon of the avant-garde, his keenly designed abstractions and deep rapport with work mates have nudged him toward legendary status. Each night of his two-week stretch of solos, duets, and trios at this bastion of improv seems enticing. The squall and drone of this evening’s partners—John Zorn and Ned Rothenberg—is sure to be deep. They’ve connected many times before.
Thu., Oct. 8, 8 p.m., 2009