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  • Certain kinds of speed, flow, intensity, density of attacks, density of interaction... Music that concentrates on those qualities is, I think, easier achieved by free improvisation between people sharing a common attitude, a common language.
    (Evan Parker)

  • I think the solo playing, the decision to start playing solo, came out of having discovered what lay behind the doors that that technique opened for me.
    (Evan Parker)

  • In a certain sense, aspects of my solo playing were developed in order to test the theory about how long particular elements could be, as parts of so-called free improvisations.
    (Evan Parker)

  • But I think the record will actually come from tapes that are not yet recorded.
    (Evan Parker)

  • The argument we always used to use was that keeping records in the catalog was good for people that were coming new to the music, but I think that was talking over a ten year or fifteen year time span.
    (Evan Parker)


  • When you add a period of 25 years between the playing and the listening, then the whole question of meaning gets very complicated.
    (Evan Parker)

  • I'd met Roscoe in Europe quite a few times over the years, and we'd say hi and so on, but this was the first time we'd actually played together.
    (Evan Parker)

  • If I think about the way I was drawn into the music, it was much more by recordings than by live performances.
    (Evan Parker)

  • You know, the whole philosophy of ad hoc combinations has its strengths and its weaknesses.
    (Evan Parker)

  • I've never been one that thinks that the function of an instrument is to approach the purity of voice or the structure of a beautifully sung line.
    (Evan Parker)

  • A kind of synthesis, but with some elements that perhaps you wouldn't have expected in advance. I always like that when that happens, when something comes that is more than the sum of the parts.
    (Evan Parker)

  • The HotHouse was packed with a very enthusiastic audience, and it seemed to me that Roscoe was very inspired. It was great for me to play with him.
    (Evan Parker)

  • There are many of these apparent philosophical paradoxes or contradictions which don't concern me anymore.
    (Evan Parker)

  • Actually John, Paul Rutherford, and Trevor Watts, and several other rather well known English jazz musicians had got their training by joining the Air Force, which was a pretty standard way for people to get some kind of musical education in those days.
    (Evan Parker)

  • We all listened to a lot of recorded music, especially American jazz, modern jazz, and that's where our studies were and our inspiration came from.
    (Evan Parker)


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