Black Top News
WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2015.
BLACK TOP ARE BACK FOR THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING AT CAFE OTO FOR THE LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2015.THIS TIME WITH SPECIAL GUEST EVAN PARKER
“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt
Last year Black Top had two sold out concerts where they were joined by Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time cohort the incredible bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Formidable drummer Mark Mondesir & the extraordinary Harmonica player Philip Achille.
This year Black Top are joined by very special guest Evan Parker, Parker is one of the great saxophone players, pushing the instrument into uncharted waters since his emergence in the late 1960s.
Parker had invited Black Top to be his guests as part of his 70th Birthday celebrations last year. The subsequent concert was recorded and follows on from Black Top’s internationally critically acclaimed debut album titled “No1” on the Babel Label with guest Saxophonist Steve Williamson. The new album with Evan Parker is launched this month on Babel Label titled ‘Black Top No 2 with Evan Parker’.
Evan Parker Free improvised music has accounted for most of Parker’s activities over the last forty years, whether playing solo or in groups, but both jazz and art music composers have also deployed the arresting physicality of his sound as a contrasting and energising element. His saxophones have been heard inside jazz big bands led by Kenny Wheeler, Chris McGregor, Barry Guy, Stan Tracey and Charlie Watts and in the chamber music of Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Frederic Rzewski and others.
Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas was initiated in late 2011, as a shape-shifting unit, dedicated to exploring the intersection between live instruments and lo-fi technology. Cover artists on Jazzwise earlier this year, their first release on Babel has gained many top notch reviews, such as 5* in allaboutjazz.com. They reprise their successful collaboration with Evan Parker from early 2014.
Their virtuoso, freely improvised performances combine twisted loops, samples and dub-effects, which draw on their Afro-Caribbean roots, with a spontaneity and daring rooted in the free-jazz experiments of New York loft-scene innovators such as Sam Rivers. To date, live collaborators have included saxophonists Steve Williamson, Shabaka Hutchings and Jason Yarde, vocalist Cleveland Watkiss, flugel horn player Claude Deppa and trumpeter Byron Wallen and tonight, Evan Parker.