- 1. 1,4,4, (04:33)
- 2. 2,4,4, (11:05)
- 3. 3,4,4, (07:45)
- 4. 4,4,4, (18:26)
- 5. 5,4,4, (01:46)
- 6. 1,3,2, (04:11)
- 7. 2,3,2, (07:46)
- 8. 3,3,2, (08:27)
- 9. 1,2,2, (10:22)
- 10. 2,2,2, (03:24)
One Four and Two Twos
Double Bass – Barry Guy (tracks: 1 to 8)
Drum Set – John Stevens (tracks: 1 to 5)
Electronics – Barry Guy (tracks: 1 to 5), Paul Rutherford (tracks: 6 to 8)
Euphonium – Paul Rutherford (tracks: 1 to 5)
Percussion – John Stevens (tracks: 9, 10)
Soprano Saxophone – Evan Parker (tracks: 1 to 5, 9, 10)
Tenor Saxophone – Evan Parker (tracks: 9, 10)
Trombone – Paul Rutherford (tracks: 1 to 8)
Voice – John Stevens (tracks: 1 to 5, 9, 10)
A fiery improvised quartet session organised by JOHN STEVENS, with PAUL RUTHERFORD, EVAN PARKER and BARRY GUY. This was previously issued on View LP VS 011 and Konnex KCD 5049 with the title 4, 4, 4,. Added to this are two previously unissued duo performances by Rutherford & Guy and Stevens & Parker, which contrast with each other and with the quartet. 78 minutes.
Excerpts from sleeve notes:
John Stevens often organised gigs and recordings with musicians he had worked with in the past. In the case of this quartet session, Barry Guy, Evan Parker and Paul Rutherford had all been members of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the 1960s (as heard on WITHDRAWAL), and here they are reunited a decade later. All four of them had been involved in other projects in the intervening time, sometimes with some of the others, sometimes not. So it is not surprising that the music does not sound the same as that they had made together earlier on. One thing they had learnt and kept was the ability to listen and work as a group, even though the music was generally more like extroverted Free Jazz, with some quieter slow moments.
Some discographies erroneously list the quartet under Parker’s name. However Parker confirms that it was organised by Stevens, not him, and points out that he never claimed it was his date. He also reveals: 'These pieces were the sound check for a recording that never happened. We went to the pub and never got back!.' Fortunately this sound check was good enough to become the issued recording.
Two very fine previously unissued duo sessions have been added in order to take the music up to CD length.
Paul Rutherford and Barry Guy were two-thirds of the group Iskra 1903 in both of its incarnations. They also performed as a duo from time to time, and the duo tracks heard here are from an Italian tour, made at a time when they were using bespoke electronic boxes made by Ian Mackintosh, although in this case only Rutherford is doing so. These boxes can also be heard on a 1981 solo Rutherford performance on TETRALOGY and two years later on Iskra 1903’s CHAPTER TWO.
The 1992 pieces come from a gig that did not go as planned. The evening was supposed to be the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (John Stevens, Nigel Coombes and Roger Smith) playing opposite Evan Parker solo. However, Coombes was unable to be there, so the other three musicians played solos, duos and a trio. The two pieces included here are all the music made that evening by the duo of Stevens and Parker sounding very much in an SME mode first heard on record on SUMMER 1967 .
MARTIN DAVIDSON (2012)