|Pianist Stan Tracey sounds as though he was born to play with Evan Parker. His style is spare, and it leaves a lot of space for Parker's tenor saxophone to weave in and out between Tracey's well-placed notes. This recording was from a live concert performance in the Ancient Space, St. Michael's Church, in Appleby, England on July 24, 2004. The recording quality is superb, as it captures the way that Parker exploits the sound of the hall in shaping his tenor's tone, surely one of the most glorious things in all of music.
Tracey and Parker are in full-on lyrical mode here, and the improvisations unfold in an organic manner. There is nothing hurried; each movement in a piece is allowed to play itself out fully before leading with seeming inevitability into the next. There is a palpable sensuousness to the music that is uncanny in its effect. Tremblingly beautiful.