Jack and Evan have been musically connected ever since the mid-2000's when Evan lived in Jack's Spring Garden Music House in Philadelphia. They've toured frequently together throughout the Midwest and Southeast as Wrest with Ben Bennett, and more recently with Zach Darrup as Roughhousing. The two recorded this with drummer Chris Davis in Nashville July 2017.
West Coast Tour Feb. 2018
They will be collaborating with numerous musicians en route: in Vanouver, Canada, at the Seattle Festival of Improvised Music, in Olympia, Portland, Corvalis, Eugene, Arcata CA, Grass Valley, San Francisco, Bezerkely, and Oakland. Schedule forthcoming.
Jack will have his new book, The Free Musics, available for purchase on the tour.
Jack Wright (b. 1942) is a saxophone extremist, dedicated to to free playing since 1979. Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," he is a veteran improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 75 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. He continues to inspire players outside music-school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any saxophonist, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. He was interviewed recently by Cadence Magazine (p. 55-73), but for a true assessment of his and his partners music and for links to his writings go here: Spring Garden Music,
left to right : Deranged, Wooden, Self-assured
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