Wednesday, September 12, 2012

JOE McPHEE and PAUL HESSION – A Parallax View (2006)

Label: Slam Productions – SLAMCD 268
Format: CD, Album
Country: UK; Released:2006
Style: Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation

Recorded on 20th January 2003 at Bluecoat, Liverpool (Frakture) (tracks 2, 4, 5) and 21st January 2003 at The Adelphi, Leeds (Termite Club) (tracks 1, 3, 6)

Drums – Paul Hession (tracks: 1, 3 to 6)
Soprano Saxophone – Joe McPhee (tracks: 4, 6)
Tenor Saxophone – Joe McPhee (tracks: 1 to 5)
Voice – Paul Hession (tracks: 2)


After playing a handful of performances with saxophonist Joe McPhee in the United States, British drummer Paul Hession brought his new friend to England for four appearances in 2003, highlights from two of which were captured for A Parallax View. The duo apparently struck up an immediate rapport because this disc personifies the firepower, depth and dynamic sense found in the strongest free improvisation.

In “ Tipping Point, ” McPhee begins in a gruff mood, taking flying leaps from the top to bottom of his tenor, spurned by Hession ’ s press rolls. But after pushing things to the extreme, the saxophonist pulls back around the four-minute mark and glides into a slow, probing melody. The combination of moods serves to make the final product all the more powerful. In “ From Eremite to Termite, ” he takes an alternate approach, twisting a spiritual melody with each repetition, bending and squeezing the notes for a dramatic, soulful effect. After a brief spoken word introduction, “ Blue Coat Blue Collar ” features a solo tenor that finds McPhee vocalizing and blowing simultaneously. Hession gets his own wide-open space during the 14- minute “ Evocation ” and displays a spastic Tony Oxley-style approach to his kit in “ Love is (Like Walking Naked on a Razor Blade), ” a title which presumably plays into the fun these two had while creating this music.

By Mike Shanley, JazzTimes

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    can you repost it? I'd be eternally greatfull :)

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  4. Thank you so much!

  5. May I ask for re-upload of this one?