Evan Shaw Parker

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Biography

Born Bristol, 5 April 1944; Tenor and soprano saxophones.

The sources for these notes have come from various places, but in particular from Martin Davidson's notes to recent Emanem releases and Evan Parker's notes to 50th birthday concert.

Evan Parker started to play (alto) saxophone around the age of 14, being particularly interested in the music of Paul Desmond. At 16 he started to play the soprano saxophone and there followed a period where he concentrated on soprano only, influenced by John Coltrane. Following his undergraduate studies at Birmingham University, he moved to London and, in late 1966/early 1967 began playing in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME) who, at that time, along with Parker, comprised John Stevens, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Trevor Watts and Derek Bailey. The regular venue for these sessions was the Little Theatre Club in London. By summer 1967 the SME had shaken down to two principals (Stevens and Parker), though other musicians played with the duo on an ad hoc basis, e.g. Barre Phillips, Peter Kowald. It is from this period that the earliest recordings of Evan Parker have so far been released (Summer 1967).

Early in 1968, Parker left the SME, though he did play with them on occasions, for example, a 1974 session with Bailey, Watts, Stevens and Kent Carter at London's ICA Theatre (Quintessence 1 and Quintessence 2). He also worked in duo with John Stevens, the latest recording dating from 1993, just over a year before Stevens' death. From this time (after 1968) he started to work regularly with Derek Bailey, as a duo, documented on several recordings, and in the Music Improvisation Company with, in addition to Bailey, Hugh Davies, Jamie Muir and, for the last year of its life, Christine Jeffrey. The MIC lasted from 1968 to 1971. During this period Parker also worked in various of Tony Oxley's groups and it was in 1970 when he formed Incus Records with Bailey and Oxley, the hugely influential label that was one of the few ways of getting the music outside of the capital. Parker was also involved in many of Bailey's Company groupings but stopped working with Bailey in 1985 and left Incus at this time.

While happy to operate in all manner of ad hoc situations, Evan Parker has formed a number of long-term associations that have continued to allow him to grow musically. The first one of these began in 1969 when the Evan Parker/Paul Lytton duo was formed. The first public performance of the duo occured the following year and, particularly as a result of recent Emanem recordings, has been documented reasonably well. Martin Davidson (notes to Three other stories) points out that 'they immediately incurred the wrath of more conservative commentators thanks to their exploration and use of what had hitherto been considered "noise".' At this time, Evan Parker was also supplementing his standard reed instruments (not, of course, played in an especially standard manner) by, for example, the shêng, a bullroarer, a poll drum, a voice tube and by playing cassette recordings of previous performances. 'Additionally, there were some home made items, notably the Lyttonophone (made by Lytton but played by Parker) best described as a slide contrabass clarinet and the Dopplerphone, a length of soft rubber tubing (activated by a saxophone mouthpiece and manipulated to alter the rate of airflow) attached to a longer length of clear plastic tubing (whirled around the head whilst being played) ending in a plastic funnel' (Davidson, op. cit.). As time passed, so the home-made instruments were dropped and the duo itself ceased to perform, being replaced, from around 1980 onwards by a trio with the addition of Barry Guy. Intermittently recorded in the early days of its existence, the 'Evan Parker Trio', or the 'Parker/Guy/Lytton' trio has achieved particular visibility and popularity among followers of improvised music since around 1994 (with the release of Imaginary values). The trio has included guests, either on an ad hoc basis or for specific projects and tours, and these have included Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Mark Charig and George Lewis. The mid-1990s have also seen the emergence of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble formed by enlarging the trio with the sound processing capabilities of Philipp Wachsmann, Walter Prati and Mario Vecchi (see, for example, Toward the margins). In fact work with electronic projects has taken up more of Parker's time in the 1990s, beginning with a collaboration with Walter Prati in 1990 (Hall of mirrors) and finding a particularly satisfying focus (for this listener at least) in his work with Lawrence Casserley. Other (acoustic) trios have played on different occasions, featuring, for example, Mark Sanders on drums and Paul Rogers (and latterly John Edwards) on bass.

The other long working association also stems from around the same time as the Parker/Lytton duo. In 1968 Parker was a member of the Peter Brötzmann Octet that recorded Machine Gun and, apart from other work with Brötzmann he also spent some time in a quartet with Irène Schweizer, Peter Kowald and Pierre Favre. Then, around 1971/1972, the Alexander von Schlippenbach trio was formed with Evan Parker on reeds and Paul Lovens on percussion, Parker replacing Michel Pilz. Around the core of this trio, quartets have sprung from time to time, including, on bass, Alan Silva, Nobuyoshi Ino and Reggie Workman. 'I won't be leaving this group unless Alex decides to sack me. Since, as Alex says, "free jazz keeps you young", I'll tempt fate and say, "who knows how long we've got?"' (Evan Parker, 50th birthday concert). Partly as a result of these two long-standing associations, Evan Parker has been a consistant member of the saxophone section of three of the major large scale groups in improvised music, groups that play a mix of compositions, arranged sections and free areas: Globe Unity Orchestra; London Jazz Composers Orchestra; and the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. He has also continued for over 25 years his association with the 'Blue Note' musicians, who left South Africa to escape apartheid and settle in London in the late 1960s; a recent example is Bush fire from the Louis Moholo/Evan Parker Quintet. In addition he has continued to work with an extremely wide variety of musicians and groups from all musical areas, from Sainkho Namtchylak, Anthony Braxton, Paul Bley, Wolfgang Fuchs to :zoviet*france.

In spite of this major group activity, it is as the creator of a new solo saxophone language, extending the techniques and experiments started by John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, but taking them away from the rhythmically jazz-related areas and into the realm of abstraction, that Evan Parker is perhaps most recognised. In particular, his use of circular breathing techniques to create extended, complex, overlapping, repetative and beautiful soundscapes is generally seen as the apex of saxophone virtuosity.

In November 2001 Evan Parker started his own CD label: psi.

Further full text information

Article by Evan Parker
The full text of the programme notes by Evan Parker prepared for a solo performance in Rotterdam in 1992 has kindly been provided by the author and can be viewed on this site. This extensive article discusses, among other things, the relationship between improvisation and composition, and various saxophone techniques, including Parker's introduction to circular breathing; it was referred to as a key document by Steve Lake in his notes for the re-issue in 1999 of Monoceros.

Articles about/interviews with Evan Parker
The full text of an interview with Evan Parker by Martin Davidson for the New Zealand magazine Opprobrium can be viewed on this site.
The full text of an interview with Evan Parker for the French magazine Improjazz can be viewed, where a number of EP's recordings are discussed.
The full text of Francesco Martinelli's essay on Evan Parker, his music, groupings, recordings, as included as 'Afterthoughts' to Martinelli's extensive discography of Parker, published in 1994.
The original full-length notes to Improvvisazioni the Evan Parker/Antonello Salis/Mauro Orselli CD release, written by Francesco Martinelli.
Text of an interview carried out by Seth Tisue of WNUR in Chicago in November 1995.
Evan Parker interview by Dan Warburton in Paris, 30 January 2010. In the online magazine Paris Transatlantic.

Further information

Beresford, Steve (1998), Process and reality: Evan Parker in conversation. Gramophone Explorations, vol. 3, pp. 86-92. This issue also includes a CD with two Evan Parker tracks.
Broomer, Stuart (1998). Parallel lines: recent CDs by Evan Parker. Coda, no. 281, (September/October), pp.28-31. An overview of 1996 and 1997 CD releases.
Broomer, Stuart (1995). Evan Parker: columns of air. Coda, no. 260, (March/April), pp.34-37. An overview of recent and not-so-recent CD releases: Atlanta to Imaginary values.
Corbett, John (1994). Ex Uno Plura, in Extended play: sounding off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein. Duke University Press, 0 8223 1473 8. pp. 74-87. Discussion of the work of both Milford Graves and Evan Parker; Evan Parker section occupies (with references) pp. 80-87.
Corbett, John (1994). Evan Parker, Saxophone botany, in Extended play: sounding off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein. Duke University Press, 0 8223 1473 8. pp. 201-208.
Greenaway, Mark (1997), Evan Parker: recorded delivery. Avant, no. 4, (Winter), pp. 9-11.
Isham, Andy (1997), Evan Parker: not a timid man. Avant, no. 4, (Winter), pp. 6-8.
Lock, Graham (1991). Speaking of the essence. Wire, no. 85, (March) pp. 30-33, 64.
Martinelli, Francesco (1994). Evan Parker discography. Bandecchi & Vivaldi editore.
McCrae, Barry (1985). Evan Parker, moving forward with tradition. Jazz journal international, vol. 38, no. 1, (January), pp. 10-11.
Peterson, Lloyd (2006), Music and the creative spirit, Scarecrow Press, pp. 29-33, 43-55.
Svirchev, Laurence M (1993). Evan Parker: an intensity of purpose. Coda, no. 250, (July/August) pp. 4-7.
Terlizzi, Roberto (1979), Evan Parker: a profile. Coda, no. 167, (June 1), pp.2-3. Followed by article on Incus, pp. 3-8.

Recordings

Online Evan Parker discography by Patrice Roussel and William Tsun-Yuk Hsu.

See also Martinelli, Francesco (1994) in 'Further information' above; also, full text comments.

To make Parker's large discography (over 250 items) more manageable it is convenient, if somewhat artificial, to consider it in six parts:

  1. Schlippenbach trio
  2. Parker/Guy/Lytton trio, plus duos and combinations
  3. Solo saxophone
  4. Electronic projects
  5. Collaborations with Derek Bailey and John Stevens, including SME
  6. Large groups: Globe Unity; LJCO; BJCO; others
  7. Miscellaneous groupings

Schlippenbach trio/quartet

1972, Pakistani pomade, FMP 110.
1972, Pakistani pomade, UMS/ALP240CD. CD reissue of FMP 110 with bonus tracks.
1972, For example, FMP R123. Two part track on commemorative/compilation 3LP set.
1974/75, Three nails left, FMP 0210. Quartet with Peter Kowald.
1975, Hunting the snake, UMS/ALP213CD. Quartet with Peter Kowald.
1975/77, At Quartier Latin, FMP CD 140. CD issue of part of Three nails left plus most of The hidden peak.
1977, The hidden peak, FMP 0410. Quartet with Peter Kowald.
1981 Detto fra di noi, Po Torch PTR/JWD 10&11.
1981, Das hohe lied, Po Torch PTR/JWD 16&17. Quartet with Alan Silva.
1982, Anticlockwise, FMP 1020. Quartet with Alan Silva.
1983, Option Abdullah, Jazzgalerie Nicklesdorf. Track on compilation CD.
1990, Elf bagatellen, FMP CD 27.
1991, Physics, FMP CD 50.
1994, 50th birthday concert, Leo CD LR 212/213.
1998, Complete combustion, FMP CD 106.
1998, Swinging the BIM, FMP CD 114/15.
1999, 2X3=5, Leo CD LR 305. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Schlippenbach Trio.
2002, Total Music Meeting 2002 - Audiology II, a/l/l 006. Compilation CD of 11 groups live in Berlin.
2002, Compression: live at Total Music Meeting 2002, a/l/l 011.
2003, america 2003, psi 04.06/7. Parker/Schlippenbach/Lytton.
2004/5, Winterreise, psi 06.10. Schlippenbach Trio.
2007, Gold is where you find it, Intakt CD 143. Schlippenbach Trio.
2009, Bauhaus Dessau, Intakt CD 183. Schlippenbach Trio.

Parker/Guy/Lytton trio, plus duos and combinations

1983, Tracks, Incus 42.
1983, Hook, drift and shuffle, Incus 45 LP/psi 07.07 CD.
1986, Atlanta, Impetus IMP 18617.
1993, Imaginary values, Maya MCD 9401.
1994, 50th birthday concert, Leo CD LR 212/213.
1994, Breaths and heartbeats, Rastascan BRD 019.
1995, The Redwood session, CIMP 101.
1996, Natives and aliens, Leo CD LR 243. With Marilyn Crispell.
1996, Toward the margins, ECM New series 1612. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
1996, At The Vortex (1996), Emanem 4022.
1997, At Les Instants Chavirés, psi 02.06.
1999, After Appleby, Leo CD LR 283/284. With Marilyn Crispell.
1999, 2X3=5, Leo CD LR 305. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Schlippenbach Trio.
2002, Total Music Meeting 2002 - Audiology II, a/l/l 006. Compilation CD of 11 groups live in Berlin.
2003, america 2003, psi 04.06/7. Parker/Schlippenbach/Lytton.
2003, The Bishop's move, Victo cd 093. Evan Parker Trio & Peter Brötzmann Trio.
2004, Gubbröra, psi 04.10. Sandell/Stackenas/Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2006, Zafiro, Maya Recordings MCD0602.
2006, Topos, Maya Recordings MCD0701. Fernández/Parker/Guy/Lytton.
2009, Scenes in the House of Music, Clean Feed CF196CD. Parker/Guy/Lytton + Peter Evans.
2010, Nightwork, Marge 46.
2010, Mad dogs, Not Two 902-2 (5CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.
2011, Live at Maya Recordings Festival, No Business Records NBCD55.
2011, Live at Maya Recordings Festival, No Business Records NBLP60/61.

Parker/Lytton duo

1971, Not necessarily English music, EMF CD 036. One duo track by on this compilation CD.
1971/73/74, Three other stories, Emanem 4002.
1972/74/75, Two Octobers, Emanem 4009.
1972, Collective calls [urban] [two microphones], Incus 5/psi 02.05.
1975, Live at the Unity Theatre, Incus 14.
1975, Live at the Unity Theatre, psi 03.01. Re-issue of Incus LP with 2 additional tracks.
1976, Ra 1+2, Ring 1016.

Parker/Guy duo

1981, Incision, FMP SAJ-35.
1985, Tai kyoku, jazz & NOW 3.
1994, Obliquities, Maya 9501.
2002, Birds and blades, Intakt 080.

Solo saxophone

1974-1986, Collected solos
1975, Saxophone solos, Incus 19. Re-released on Chronoscope CPE2002-2 and on psi 09.01.
1975, Gracility, Musicnow MNCD012. Laurie Scott Baker; two short solo EP tracks.
1978, Monoceros, Chronoscope CPE2004-2 CD/Incus 27 LP.
1978, Evan Parker at the finger palace, The Beak Doctor 3.
1980, Six of one, Incus 39.
1980, Six of one, psi 02.03. CD release of Incus 39 plus one unissued track.
1982, Zanzou, jazz&NOW 1.
1986, The snake decides, Incus 49.
1986, The snake decides , psi 03.06. CD release of Incus 49 in 2003.
1989, Conic sections, ah um 015.
1989, Conic sections, psi 08.01. Re-issue of ah um 015.
1991, Process and reality, FMP CD 37.
1992, Sonf, SLAMCD 401. Single track on a compilation CD.
1995, Chicago solo, Okka Disk 12017. The first all tenor solo CD.
1996/1997, Voices of unreason/Solo 2, Gramophone explorations 3. Two solos on this compilation CD.
1996-2001, Time lapse, Tzadik TZ8026. Solos + overdubs.
1997/98, Three concerts per a A.T., Edition Explico 08. One solo track.
1998, Here now: solos/duos, concepts of doing cod 003. Two solos plus three duos with Günter Christmann (+ three Christmann solos).
2000, Deluxe improvisation series vol. 1, Deluxe improvisation series vol. 1/ASE_02. Solo on compilation CD.
2001, Lines burnt in light, psi 01.01.
2004?, For Steve Lacy, Treader trd001. Evan Parker with birds.
2005, Reed solos, Matchless MRCD63. Horn_bill: one solo on this compilation set.
2008, Whitstable solo, psi 10.01.

Electronic projects

Difficult to know where to start here so, for the moment, only the more recent experiments are listed. It would be easy to add a number of other, earlier, recordings to this list.
1990, Hall of mirrors MM&T CD 01. Duo with Walter Prati.
1996, Toward the margins, ECM New series 1612. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
1997, Solar wind Touch TO:35. With Lawrence Casserley.
1997, Work in progress FMR sampler 3 (from Avant magazine). One track with Lawrence Casserley.
1997, Live at Les Instants Chavires Leo LR 255. With Noel Akchoté, Lawrence Casserley and Joel Ryan.
1997, Dividuality, Maya MCD0101. Evan Parkern/Barry Guy/Lawrence Casserley.
1998, The promise Materiali Sonori MASO CD 90106. With Thurston Moore and Walter Prati.
1998, London's overthrow Ash International {R.I.P.} Ash 4.3. Track on compilation CD.
1998, Drawn inward, ECM 1693. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2002, Memory/Vision, ECM 1852/038 1172. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2001?, Masses, Thirsty Ear THI570103.2. Spring Heel Jack.
2002?, AMaSSED, Thirsty Ear THI57123.2. Spring Heel Jack.
2003, Live, Thirsty Ear THI57130.2. Spring Heel Jack.
2003, SET, psi 09.09.
2004, The eleventh hour, ECM 1924/987 0854. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2007, The moment's energy, ECM 2066/177 4798. The Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble.
2008, C-Section, Second Layer Records SLR001. Evan Parker/John Wiese.
2008-2011, Trance map, psi 11.03. Evan Parker/Matthew Wright.
2009, Together in zero space, psi 11.09. Grutronic/Evan Parker.
2010, Near nadir, Tzadik TZ7636. Mark Nauseef/Ikue Mori/Evan Parker/Bill Laswell.
2010, Hasselt, psi 12.03. Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble.

Collaborations with Derek Bailey and John Stevens

1966/1967, Challenge (1966-7), Emanem 5029. Re-release of Eyemark EMPL 1002 plus extra tracks and reissue of Emanem 4053. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1966/1967, Withdrawal (1966-7), Emanem 4020. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1967, Summer 1967, Emanem 4005.
1968, Karyobin, Chronoscope CPE2001-2. Spontaneous Music Ensemble.
1969/1970, Music Improvisation Company, Incus LP17/CD12.
1970, The topography of the lungs, Incus 1.
1970, The topography of the lungs, psi 06.05. CD re-issue with two additional tracks.
1974, Eighty-five minutes part 1, Emanem 3401. Reissued on CD as Quintessence 1.
1974, Quintessence, Emanem 4217. Spontaneous Music Ensemble. Re-issue of Emanem 4015 and 4016 as double CD package.
1974, Eighty-five minutes part 2, Emanem 3402. Reissued on CD as Quintessence 2.
1975, The London concert, Incus 16. Duo with Derek Bailey.
1975, The London concert, psi 05.01. Re-issue of Incus 16 LP with previously unissued music.
1975, Plus equals, Emanem 4062. Spontaneous Music Orchestra.
1975, SME+=SMO, A Records A003.
1976, The longest night vol. 1/The longest night vol. 2, Ogun OG 120/Ogun OG 420 Duo with John Stevens.
1976 and 1993, Corner to corner + The longest night, Ogun OGCD 022/023. John Stevens/Evan Parker.
1976, Company 1, Incus 21.
1976, Company 2, Incus 23.
1977, Company 5, Incus 28.
1977, Company 5, Incus CD41.
1977, Company 6, Incus 29.
1977, Company 7, Incus 30.
1977, Company 6 & 7, Incus CD07.
1978/1992, One four and two twos, Emanem 5027. John Stevens/Paul Rutherford/Evan Parker/Barry Guy.
1980, Fables, Incus 36. Company.
1980, Arch duo, Rastascan BRD 045.
1983, Trios, Incus 51. Company.
1985, Compatibles, Incus 50.
1993, Corner to corner, Ogun OGCD 005.
1993, Blue, That's Jazz CP 2008. The John Stevens' Ensemble.

Large groups

Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

1993, The morlocks, FMP CD 61.
1996, Live in Japan '96, DIW-922.

Globe Unity Orchestra

1970, Globe Unity 67 & 70, Atavistic/Unheard Music Series. Globe Unity Orchestra.
1973, For example, FMP R123. One track on commemorative/compilation 3LP set.
1973, Live in Wuppertal, FMP 0160.
1974, Hamburg '74, FMP 0650/Atavistic Unheard Music Series UMS/ALP248CD. Globe Unity Orchestra.
1975, Rumbling, FMP CD 40.
1975, Baden-Baden '75, FMP CD 137. Globe Unity Orchestra + Guests.
1975/1976, Jahrmarkt/Local fair, Po Torch PTR/JWD 2.
1977, Improvisations, JAPO 60021.
1977, Pearls, FMP 0380.
1979, Compositions, JAPO 60027. Improvisations and Compositions
1982, Intergalactic blow, JAPO 60039.
1986, 20th anniversary, FMP CD45.
2002, Globe Unity 2002, Intakt CD 086.
2006, Globe Unity - 40 years, Intakt CD 133.

London Jazz Composers' Orchestra/Barry Guy New Orchestra

1972, Ode, Incus 6-7/Intakt 041.
1980/1991, Study II/Stringer, Intakt CD095. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1987/1988, Zurich concerts, Intakt 005. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1989, Harmos, Intakt CD013. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1989, Double trouble, Intakt CD019. London Jazz Composers Orchestra.
1991, Theoria, Intakt CD024.
1993, Portraits, Intakt CD 035.
1995, Three pieces for orchestra, Intakt CD 045.
1995, Double trouble two, Intakt CD 053.
2000, Inscape - Tableaux, Intakt CD 066. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2004, Oort-Entropy, Intakt CD 101. Barry Guy New Orchestra.
2008, Radio rondo/Schaffhausen concert, Intakt CD 158. LJCO/Irène Schweizer.
2008, Harmos, Intakt DVD 151. LJCO.
2010, Mad dogs, Not Two 902-2 (5CD set). Barry Guy New Orchestra small formations.

Other large groupings

1969, European echoes, FMP 0010/UMS/ALP232CD. Manfred Schoof.
1973, Song for someone, Incus 10 (LP)/psi 04.01 (CD). Kenny Wheeler.
1973, Live at Willisau, Ogun OGCD 001. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
1973, Travelling somewhere, Cuneiform Rune 152. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
1973, His Master's Bones, Cuneiform Rune 89. Gary Windo. One Brotherhood of Breath track on compilation, identical to final track on 'Live at Willisau' (above).
1975, Bremen to Bridgewater, Cuneiform Rune 182. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
1977, Procession: live at Toulouse, Ogun OGCD 040/OG 524.Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
1988, Alms/Tiergarten (Spree) FMP CD 8/9. Cecil Taylor European Orchestra.
1990, Melancholy, FMP CD 104. Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble.
1992, Spirits rejoice, Ogun OGCD101. The Dedication Orchestra.
1994, Ixesha, Ogun OGCD102/103. The Dedication Orchestra.
1998/2000, Strings with Evan Parker, Emanem 4302.
1999, Proceedings, Emanem 4201. London Improvisers Orchestra.
1999, Spectral soprano, Emanem 4204. One track by London Improvisers Orchestra on this Lol Coxhill CD.
2000, The hearing continues..., Emanem 4203. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2001, Freedom of the city 2001: large groups, Emanem 4206. Strings with/without Evan Parker + London Improvisers Orchestra.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002, Emanem 4090. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2003, Munich and Glasgow, FMR CD139-i0204. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Evan Parker.
2003, Improvisations for George Riste, psi 08.06. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2004, Responses, reproduction & reality: freedom of the city 2003-4, Emanem 4110. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2004, Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3, ECM 1872/171 6989. Rosoce Mitchell and the Tranatlantic Art Ensemble.
2004, Boustrophedon, ECM 1873/175 0054. Evan Parker and the Tranatlantic Art Ensemble.
2004, At the Appleby Jazz Festival, Resteamed RSJ103. Stan Tracey Orchestra.
2005, Freedom of the city 2005, Emanem 4216. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2005, Crossing the river, psi 06.02. Evan Parker Octet.
2002-2005, Composition No. 62: Compilation IV, BF57. Simon H. Fell.
2007, Separately & together, Emanem 4219. London Improvisers Orchestra/Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
2009, Cry, want, psi 10.08. Hans Koller with Bill Frisell.
2011, Vivaces, Tour de Bras TDB9006cd. Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée.

Miscellaneous groupings

1968, Machine gun, FMP CD24. The Peter Brötzmann Octet.
1968, The complete machine gun sessions, ALP262CD. Peter Brötzmann Octet.
1968/1970, Fuck de Boere, UMS/ALP211CD. Peter Brötzmann Nonet/Group.
1969, The Baptised traveller CBS (GB) 52664/Sony-Columbia 494438. Tony Oxley Quintet.
1969, Nipples, Calig CAL 30604/UMS/ALP205CD.
1969, More Nipples, UMS/ALP236CD. Brötzmann Quartet + Sextet
1969, Up to earth, Fledg'ling FLED 3069. Chris McGregor Sextet
1969, Pierre Favre Quartett, Wergo WER 80004.
1970, Four compositions for sextet CBS (GB) 64071/Sony-Columbia 494437. Tony Oxley group.
1970, Born free, Scout Records ScS 11. One track of Peter Brötzmann Group on festival album.
1970, Groupcomposing, ICP 006.
1971/1972, Tony Oxley Incus 8.
1972, For the love of... QBICO 04. Duo with Frank Perry. An abbreviated version of this duo was issued on CD on FMR CD78-0301.
1972/1973, Sequences 72 & 73, Emanem 4018. Paul Rutherford/Iskra 1912.
1974, Saxophone special +, Emanem 4024. Steve Lacy.
1974, Saxophone special, Emanem 3310. Steve Lacy.
1976, Consciously, Musicnow MNCD 004. Cornelius Cardew/Peoples' Liberation Music, etc. EP on one track.
1977, Real time one, Ictus CD Rdc 5029. Andrea Centazzo/Alvin Curran.
1977, Real time two, Ictus CD Rdc 5040. Andrea Centazzo/Alvin Curran.
1977, In real time, Ictus 124. Part of the Ictus Records 30th anniversary collection.
1977, Rebels, travelers & improvisers, Ictus 132. Part of the Ictus Records 30th anniversary collection.
1977, Procession, Ogun OG 524. Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath.
1978, Spirits rejoice!, Ogun OG 520. Louis Moholo Octet.
1978, Bra Louis - Bra Tebs/Spirits rejoice!, Ogun OGCD017/018. Louis Moholo-Moholo Octet. CD re-issue of Ogun OG 520.
1978, Circadian rhythm, Incus 33.
1979, Around 6, ECM 1156. Kenny Wheeler.
1980, Pisa 1980: improvisors' symposium, Incus 37 (LP)/psi 04.03/4 (CD).
1980, The family, FMP 0940. The 'Wuppertal Workshop Ensemble'.
1980, from saxophone & trombone, Incus 35/psi 02.04. Duo with George Lewis.
1980, Long on Dossier ST 7529. Single track on Jon Rose LP.
1980, The social/science set The Beak Doctor 5&6. CD re-issue of two LPs with large group, small groups and a solo.
1982, Duo, Allelopathy ALL-1. Duo with Onnyk.
1983, Chapter two 1981-3, Emanem 3CD 4303. Iskra 1903.
1983/1991, The ayes have it, Emanem 4055. Parker/Rogers/Muir + Parker/Wierbos/Rogers/Sanders.
1984, Supersession, Matchless MR17.
1985, To whom it may concern, Allelopathy ALL-1. Two quartets (+ duo with Onnyk from 82).
1985, Chirps, FMP CD 29. Duo with Steve Lacy.
1985, Waterloo 1985, Emanem 4030. Parker/Rutherford/Schneider/Lytton.
1987, Straight angles suite, FMP CD 21. Duo with Peter Kowald.
1987, Straight angle suite II, FMP 1260. Another duo with Peter Kowald.
1987, Duos2: Europa · America · Japan FMP CD 124. Includes Straight angle suite II on this CD release.
1988, The hearth, FMP CD 11. Trio with Cecil Taylor and Tristan Honsinger.
1988, Antwerp 1988 Loose Torque LT001. Fast Colour.
1988, Ensemble (Victoriaville) 1988 Victo 07. Anthony Braxton group.
1988, Straight angle suite II FMP 1260. Duo with Peter Kowald.
1988, Hamster attack Nato 1544. Jean-François Pauvros.
1989, Duets, dithyrambisch, FMP CD 19/20. Duos, in all combinations, between Wolfgang Fuchs, Hans Koch, Evan Parker and Louis Sclavis.
1990, Music for large and small ensembles, ECM 1415/1416. Kenny Wheeler.
1990, The fire tale, Soul Note 121252-2. Duo with Borah Bergman.
1990, Nailed, FMP CD 108. Cecil Taylor: The Quartet.
1990, Trend, Splasc(h) CD H 309.2 With Mario Schiano/Joëlle Léandre/Alex Von Schlippenbach and Paul Lytton.
1991, The Place 1991, Emanem 4056. Chris Burn Ensemble; EP on one track.
1991, The bear, Bimhuis 003. Quartet of Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, Arjen Gorter, Han Bennink.
1991, Innocence, Cadence CJR 105. Joe Gullivan.
1992, Synergetics - Phonomanie III, Leo CD LR 239/240.
1992, Three blokes, FMP CD63. Soprano saxophone duets with Steve Lacy and Lol Coxhill.
1992, Vol pour Sydney (aller), nato 53001. Two tracks with Charlie Watts group on Sydney Bechet compilation album.
1993, Ghost-in-the-machine featuring Evan Parker, Leo Lab 018.
1993, Duo (London) 1993, Leo CD LR 193. Duo with Anthony Braxton.
1993, Trio (London) 1993, Leo CD LR 197. Trio with Anthony Braxton and Paul Rutherford.
1993, Birmingham concert, Rare Music RM026. With Barry Guy, Paul Dunmall, Tony Levin.
1994, Time will tell, ECM 1537. With Paul Bley and Barre Phillips.
1995, A boy leaves home, Mash 004. Susanna Ferrar.
1995, McPhee/Parker/Lazro, Vand'Oeuvre VDO 9610.
1995, Bush fire, Ogun OGCD 009. With Louis Moholo, Pule Pheto, Gibo Pheto, Barry Guy.
1995, Double mirror, Splasc(H) CDH 469.2. Stefano Maltese.
1995, Improvvisazioni, ADA 02.11. Trio with Mauro Orselli and Antonello Salis.
1995, Techno mit störungen, Plag Dich nicht 002. Jon Rose.
1995, Bits & pieces, FMP OWN 4. Two duos with Wolfgang Fuchs.
1995, Tempranillo, NCM 4. Duo with Agustí Fernández.
1995, Cuts FMP CD 94. With Peter Kowald and Ort Ensemble.
1996, Improvisation Resonance 5.2CD. Compilation CD featuring track with :zoviet*france.
1996, Mars song Victo cd042. Duo with Sainkho Namtchylak.
1996, Social security Victo cd043. Mario Schiano.
1996, London air lift FMP CD89. Quartet with John Russell, John Edwards, Mark Sanders.
1996, Bò kay la vi-a, Ogun OGCD 012. Francine Luce.
1996, Sankt Gerold, ECM 1609. With Paul Bley and Barre Phillips.
1997, Most materiall Matchless MRCD33. Duo with Eddie Prévost.
1997, Somewhere bi-lingual Siesta STA 970911. With Noël Akchoté, Mark Sanders, Paul Rogers.
1997, Monkey puzzle Leo LR 247. Duo with Ned Rothenberg.
1997, ...through the ear of a raindrop Leo LR 254. John Wolf Brennan HeXtet.
1995, True live walnuts, Splasc(H) CDH 631.2. Trio with Mauro Orselli and Antonello Salis.
1998, Unity variations, Okka disk 12028. Duo with Georg Gräwe.
1998, New excursions, Ninth World Music NWM 019. With Ghost-in-the-machine.
1998, Two chapters and an epilogue Matchless MRCD39. Duo with John Tilbury.
1998, Chicago tenor duets Okkadisk OD 12033. Duo with Joe McPhee.
1999, Foxes fox, Emanem 4035. Parker/Beresford/Edwards/Moholo.
1999, The two seasons, Emanem 4202. Parker/Edwards/Sanders.
1999, Brot & honig, True Muze TUMU CD 0003. TonArt Ensemble/Evan Parker.
1999, Rangirua Leo LR 314. Duo with Richard Nunns.
1999, IBA 20 Aniversario IBA CD-R. Includes duo with Agusti Fernandez.
1999/2000, Dark rags, Potlatch P 200. Duo with Keith Rowe.
2000, Passage to Hades, 30HZCD14. With Jah Wobble.
2000, The Great divide, Cuneiform RUNE 142. Paul Dunmall Octet.
2000, Homework, GROB 317. School of Velocity.
2000, Evan Parker/Patrick Scheyder Leo LR 326.
2000, September duos Creative Works CW 1036. Duo with Peter A. Schmid.
2000, September winds Creative Works CW 1038/39. With Peter A. Schmid/Hans Anliker/Reto Senn/Jürg Solothurnmann.
2000, Parker/Haslam/Edwards, SLAMCD 314.
2000, The grass is greener, psi 02.02. Han Bennink/Evan Parker duo.
2000, Visions, Isopin labs (no number). Duo with Sam Rivers on compilation CD.
2001?, Ringtones, Touch TONE 14. Snippet on 99 track CD.
2000/2001, The needles Leo LR 348/349. Parker/Wachsmann/Hauta-aho.
2001, Seventh of May 2001 Matchless MRCD47. Duo with John Tilbury on this compilation double CD.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002: small groups, Emanem 4210. Duo with John Russell on compilation CD.
2002, Free zone Appleby 2002, psi 03.02/3. Octet in various combinations.
2002, Alder brook Leo LR 379. Evan Parker/September Winds.
2003, Live at the Vortex, London, Rare Music 037. Evan Parker/Kenny Wheeler/Paul Dunmall/Tony Levin/John Edwards.
2003, Suspensions and anticipations, psi 04.02. Duo with Stan Tracey.
2003, 888, FMR CD123-i0903. Evan Parker/Philipp Wachsmann/Hugh Davies/Eddie Prévost.
2003, Free zone Appleby 2003, psi 04.05. Octet in various combinations.
2003, Imponderable evidence Matchless MRCD57. Duo with Eddie Prévost.
2004?, Trio with interludes, Treader trd002. John Coxon/Evan Parker/Mark Sanders/Ashley Wales.
2004, Crevulations, psi 05.04. Duo with Stan Tracey.
2004, Free zone Appleby 2004, psi 05.05. Barry Guy/Paul Lytton/Evan Parker/Joel Ryan/Philipp Wachsmann.
2004, Short stories Leo LR 428. Evan Parker/September Winds.
2004, Naan tso, psi 05.07. Foxes fox.
2004, Glossolalia, World Tribe Music. Charles Farrell/Evan Parker.
2004, Hope springs eternal, World Tribe Music. Charles Farrell.
2005, Free zone Appleby 2005, psi 06.06. Gerd Dudek/Tony Levin/Evan Parker/Tony Marsh/Paul Dunmall/Philipp Wachsmann/John Edwards/Kenny Wheeler/Paul Rogers.
2005, La lumière de pierres, psi 07.02. François Houle/Evan Parker/Benoît Delbecq.
2006, It won't be called broken chair, psi 11.07. Misha Mengelberg/Evan Parker.
2006, Life of dreams, Rare Music 036. Tony Levin/Paul Dunmall/Johannes Bauer/Paul Rogers.
2006, Abbey Road duos, Treader trd009. Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp.
2006, Music from Colourdome, psi 07.01.
2006, Free zone Appleby 2006, psi 07.04. Philipp Wachsmann/Rudi Mahall/Aki Takase/Alexander von Schlilppenbach/Evan Parker/Paul Rutherford/Paul Lovens.
2006, A glancing blow, Clean Feed CF085CD. Evan Parker/John Edwards/Chris Corsano.
2006, Live at Roulette, ANIMUL ANI 106. Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg.
2007, Parallelisms, Ruby Flower Records RF04CD. Herb Robertson/Evan Parker/Agusti Fernandez.
2007, Live at The Vortex, psi 12.01. Foxes fox with Kenny Wheeler.
2007, A life saved by a spider and two doves, Another timbre at07. Max Eastley/Graham Halliwell/Evan Parker/Mark Wastell.
2007, Belle ville, Clean Feed CD125CD. Townhouse Orchestra.
2007, Free zone Appleby 2007, psi 08.04. Paolo Angeli/Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg.
2007, The brewery tap, Smalltown Superjazzz STSJ160CD. Duo with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten.
2007, Twine, Clean Feed CF194CD. Duo with Urs Leimgruber.
2008, Live, In situ IS242. With Marteau Rouge.
2008, Cinema, Fataka 1. John Coxon/Evan Parker/Eddie Prévost.
2008, Relevance, Red Toucan RT 9338. Dave Leibman/Evan Parker/Tony Bianco.
2009, House full of floors, Tzadik TZ7632. Evan Parker/John Edwards/John Russell/Aleks Kolkowski.
2009, Psalms, psi 10.05. Evan Parker/Sten Sandell.
2009, Round about one o'clock, Not Two Records MW 863. Evan Parker/Zlatko Kaucic.
2009, The voice is one, Not Two Records MW 878. Evan Parker/Agustí Fernández.
2009, At somewhere there, Barnyard Records BR0321. Evan Parker/Wes Neal/Joe Sorbara.
2010, Live at Akbank Jazz Festival, Re:konstruKkt re:052. With Turkish group konstruKt.
2010, The bleeding edge, psi 11.10. Parker/Lee/Evans.
2010, Dortmund variations, nuscope recordings 1026. Duo with Georg Graewe.
2010, 13 miniatures for Albert Ayler, Rogueart ROG-0040. Various musicians.
2011, Rex, Wrecks & XXX, Rogueart ROG-0050. Duo with Matthew Shipp.

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