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Otoroku label round-up (Decoy with Joe McPhee / Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Evan Parker, Tony Marsh, John Edwards and John Butcher / Brötzmann, Adasiewicz, Edwards and Noble)

Michael Rodham-Heaps tackles a trio of recorded documents from London’s Café Oto released for wider consumption on the ever-expanding Otoroku label…

Decoy with Joe McPheeSpontaneous Combustion

Decoy with Joe McPhee - Spontaneous CombustionThis one grabs my attention first, the gritty screen-printed abstracts go well with first half of this tasty double, recorded back in twenty eleven. It’s a fragmented fermentation, loose dot-joining limbs avoiding the unusual scuffle cuffs jazzy improv seems to gravitate to. Little strangulations of trumpet here a there, weird auras of percussions taking the ear, then sliding back out on tantalisations on venting, pursed lips.

The Hammond trickling in the background, then foreground chasing. The trumpet crawling over it, full of bicycle bell and cymbal dopplegangers, everything surging in unsteady curving

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Evan Parker (live at The Vortex)

The Vortex, London 20 October 2011

Sorry we’re a little late in starting, we were meant to start at nine. I looked at my watch and it said ten to nine, then suddenly it said quarter past. That’s what happens when you stand at the bar talking shit.

Evan Parker takes to the stage at The Vortex with this typically low-key opening gambit, a self-effacing remark which serves to both put the audience at its ease, and set the backdrop for the evening’s free improvisation. If the man that John Zorn described as “single-handedly [changing] the face of saxophone technique and saxophone music” wants to talk shit at the bar, then it perhaps behoves the rest of us to listen.

Tonight’s gig is another instalment of Parker’s monthly free improv residency at the venerable London institution, and here he’s in the company

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