Oral history of jazz in Britain

Parker, Evan (4 of 11). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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  • Recording locations

    Sound Archive recording studio, 29 Exhibition Road, London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Parker, Evan, 1944- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Priestley, Brian, 1940- (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

  • Abstract

    Theoretical rigidity as bullying: need to be part of other musical environments. [Break] Overlap with blues scene, Alexis Korner, testing rules. Freedom also means free to be restricted, so can drop into tempo and tonality. Soho folk club, The Cousins (Greek Street) invited Korner / Victor Brox duo to play opposite Parker / Stevens, then play as quartet, Barre Phillips also played (1968). John McLaughlin gig at Mike Osborne's Peanuts Club. Playing in Europe, Gunther Hampel connection. Peter Kowald, SWR Baden-Baden workshop (1968), gathering of proto-free European scene including Don Cherry, Peter Brotzmann. Alex Schlippenbach group. SME in Berlin as an aspect of 'swinging London'. Network of musicians in western Europe, John Stevens under-recognised. Parker left SME after regular absences on European gigs. Music Improvisation Company, practicing with Derek Bailey, sound versus theory. Jamie Muir, Hugh Davies (live electronics), Gavin Bryars, Christine Jeffrey. Arts Council tour, Victor Schonfield (GBP 500) precedent for Contemporary Music Network.

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