Performances Reviews

Evan Parker at the Stone, High-Energy Improvising With a Shifting Cast

Evan Parker’s recent run at the Stone is reviewed.

The saxophonist Evan Parker projects an intensely concentrated energy through his music. Now 65, he has spent more than 40 years in the trenches of the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often lyrical. He’s hailed as a virtuoso of extended techniques — circular breathing, multiphonics, sculptured overtones — and lionized for his solo excursions. He’s also a tireless collaborator, secure in his footing and perpetually primed for engagement.

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