EVAN PARKER TRIO & PETER BROTZMANN TRIO
The Bishop's Move

[Victo, www.victo.qc.ca]

Putting it mildly, "The Bishop's Move" is a weird album all around. How do you reconcile the fact that you have two head-strong leaders sharing the same stage - Evan Parker and Peter Brotzmann - both of whom helped to co-found the European arm of the free jazz movement? How can you come to grips with the overwhelming force and the preconceptions that will be apparent when you see the personnel listing on the CD. What's more interesting is the fact that one of the players who were supposed to be there - bassist Barry Guy - had to be replaced by another momentous figure-head, pianist Alex von Schlippenbach. So, there they were, on a cool spring evening in Victoriaville, Quebec - Evan Parker's Trio [Parker on tenor and soprano, pianist Alex von Schlippenbach and Paul Lytton on percussion] and Peter Brotzmann's Trio, which along with Brotzmann on saxophones, featured percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker. Was this going to be a take-no-prisoners, blow-till-you-can't-breathe session or would cooler heads prevail? Could Parker and Brotzmann actually talk to each other or would they simply overpower each other's musical sensibility by using their trios as weapons of mass destruction? Lucky for all of us [those in the audience that night and those listening to the document on disc], each individual member of the two trios talked in descent, decipherable language. Obviously, this was language that had its roots in free jazz's earliest days and days of the infamous, milestone "Machine Gun" recording [which featured Parker along with Brotzmann, who was the leader of that octet]. The main difference is, this isn't blowing simply for the sake of blowing. Nobody tries to outdo their counterpart from the other leader's trio. Every player is heard prominently, each one on about the same level. Though both leaders are featured the most, Alex von Schilppenbach's muscular though melodic piano themes are featured quite often as is the percussion work from both Lytton and Drake. William Parker sounds as if he's hurriedly pounding the strings on his bass. You can just hear the sweat dripping from his brow. It's great to hear neither of the leaders has sacrificed anything in terms of their originality. Parker's fast circular-breathing soprano lines are all here in tact as are Brotzmann's furiously applied tenor blows. When the two meet, it's like an implosion of the best kind. It's as if two great meteors came down to land on earth in the same spot. An hour and a quarter of uninterrupted energy music from six of the most energetic and highly detail oriented man in the free music idiom makes for a listening that is enriching and highly stimulating.

- Tom Sekowski


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