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I took in an awful lot of music over the three days of last month's Perspectives Festival in Västerås, Sweden, but a solo set by trumpeter Peter Evans stood out. His performances are like that--he's got such astonishing technique, energy, and agility that he can compete with an entire festival. His set was a typical tour de force, with ideas flying so fast and furious that after he'd sustained that pace for a seemingly impossible 45 minutes I felt wiped out just from listening to him. But Evans still looked like he was only getting started.
Evans has told me that he's got a bunch of new releases on the horizon, including a double CD of solo work on Psi. On the recent Check for Monsters (Emanem), a trio session with cellist Okkyung Lee and keyboardist Steve Beresford, his firepower isn't quite as clearly displayed, but he proves himself a sensitive listener, reining in his mad energy to fit within ensemble improvisations.
Today Evans is in town to conduct a private brass workshop at Northwestern University, and he'll stop by Corbett vs. Dempsey for a free solo performance at 8 PM tonight. While in Västerås I learned that Extended Play, a 1994 book by gallery co-owner John Corbett, played a major role in introducing Evans to free improvisation and extended technique.
Xavier Charles, Ivar Grydeland, Christian Wallumrød, and Ingar Zach, Dans les Arbres (ECM)
Brother JT3, Hang in There, Baby (Drag City)
Longview, Deep in the Mountains (Rounder)
Keith Rowe, Keith Rowe (ErstLive)
Horace Parlan, Up & Down (Blue Note)