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 BLACK TOP – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY: PAT THOMAS & ORPHY ROBINSON WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HAMID DRAKE & WILLIAM PARKER + CLEVELAND WATKISS & PHILIP ACHILLE (SUN ONLY)  27–28 AUGUST 2016 Venue: Cafe Oto.

 

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Photos by David Laskowski

                          THE NEW ALBUM FROM BLACK TOP 

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                            RELEASE DATE 27TH NOVEMBER 2015

BLACK TOP 2 WITH EVAN PARKER
BLACK TOP #TWO WITH SPECIAL GUEST EVAN PARKER.

Will be released 27th November 2015.. Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas invite Evan Parker to ignite the blue touch paper (in lieu of Steve Williamson who did the honours on their first disc…also in this collection if you want to look for it)…In the hands of these exceptional Improvisors.It is a highly idiosyncratic mix of free jazz/mutant electronics, created with a level of total commitment which makes for an intensive listening experience… Black Top’s first album garnered serious critical plaudits across the music world. Their second, simply entitled #TWO, extends their collaborations to include the man who perhaps more than anyone has extended the range and the properties of the saxophone post-John Coltrane. Black Top #TWO with Evan Parker brings together two strands of English improvised music, two generations of musicians, two cultures in one titanic recording.

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. 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.
Recorded in The Vortex in east London as part of Evan’s 70th Birthday celebrations the roots of this inspired musical conversation run deep. Though this recording documents Evan’s first physical encounter with Black Top they have long worked together as individuals. Pat fondly recalls a session with Evan in Hungary, over two decades ago, with Roger Turner, John Russell and Phil Minton, and Evan responds by declaring that, “Pat is very open to the moment and is equally good at surprising himself into unknown territory and provoking others to take a risk.” On the other hand, Orphy has guested with several of Evan’s groups but initially played alongside him in the Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris London Skyscraper Project back in ’97. Since then he has enjoyed a similar musical relationship through the sessions of the London Improvisers Orchestra.
“I felt I could do anything I wanted – which is how I like to feel. Don’t we all?” Evan Parker”It’s edgy, uncompromising improv, but full of rugged lyricism, and built on plenty of compelling grooves.” The Guardian 18th November come to the Cafe Oto launch party and concert..
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/black-top-14/

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BLACK TOP TO OPEN NEW UK JAZZ ORGANISATION’S FESTIVAL

Black Top with Cleveland Watkiss

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    Saturday 28th November

    Urban Coffee
    FarGo Village
    Far Gosford Street
    CV1 5ED
    Coventry…         http://jazzuk.org.uk/

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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

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Wednesday 18 November 2015, 8pm…CAFE OTO  £12 £10 Advance £6 Members

“Can you think of a better saxophone player? I can’t. He is a giant.” Robert Wyatt

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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.

https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/black-top-14/

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