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Artist
Evan Parker
ReleaseProduct
Winns Win
Label
Byrd Out
Catalogue Number
BYR031D
Release Date
October 1, 2021
  • Cassette

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    • + WAV / FLAC
    • Limited to 100
    • Original design work by William Morris
    • Additional design by Oliver Bancroft

    Estimated release date: October 1, 2021

Instant download of track: 'WW5' with all pre-orders.

Full release delivered on release date: 10.01.21

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Free Jazz pioneer, Evan Parker returns to Walthamstow to record an album taking inspiration from the renowned designer and activist, William Morris at the home of the socialist campaigner, which now houses the William Morris Gallery.

The original working title for the album was 'Barbarism Once More', taken from a longer quotation from Morris, which reflects the passion, spontaneity and iconoclastic nature of Evan's playing. However, in light of the death of Evan’s friend and leading light of the improvising scene, John Russell, who lived on Winns Avenue, adjacent to the Gallery, Evan decided to offer a tribute to John, calling the album ‘Winns Win’. Evan has spoken about entering "a utopian space" when he plays, to which a parallel can be drawn to Morris's novel 'News from Nowhere', and from there to Free Improvisation's early political leanings. The album presents nine spontaneous compositions that are very dense, though very melodical at the same time, using pattern and repetition as Morris did in his designs. This is music for headphones, or high-quality speakers - you’re in the room, hearing the movement of the saxophone keys and the breathing close at hand, with the sax in the middle of the room and panning providing a three-dimensional experience.

The album will be released on 1 October to coincide with the 125th anniversary of Morris's Death (3 October).

‘WW5’ will be released as a trailing single on 8 September. The track has the air of an expansion of what could have been a short beginning of a longer improvisation.

The original artwork is ‘Design for Flowerpot embroidery’ (designed c.1876) by William Morris, with additional design by Oliver Bancroft. The Gallery notes “Morris based the design on two Italian seventeenth-century lacis-work panels acquired by the South Kensington Museum in 1875. Lacis is a handmade net onto which a design is darned.” Thanks to William Morris Gallery and Waltham Forest Council for their support in producing the record.

All tracks created and performed by Evan Parker
Original design work by William Morris, additional design by Oliver Bancroft
Sound Engineers, Dotan Cohen and Harry Loughlin. Mixing and mastering by Dotan Cohen

Digital Track List

  1. 1 WW1 3:20
  2. 2 WW2 5:23
  3. 3 WW3 5:16
  4. 4 WW4 4:20
  5. 5 WW5 1:45 Buy
  6. 6 WW6 8:31
  7. 7 WW7 9:18
  8. 8 WW8 4:00
  9. 9 WW9 1:06

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