recording of ABRACADABRA in November of 1978 was one of the earlier ones
at Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace, which had just opened itself up
to the public a few months before. Evan Parker had dark hair and Greg
Goodman had some; things were slightly different in 2002 when they toured
together (with George Cremaschi) in The Czech Republic. One thing clear
from the last sentence is that Mr. Parker & Mr. Goodman have continued
a somewhat strange and extended conversation for 25 years: from The Finger
Palace to Prague (including an evening in Russian Mafia-run Karlovi Vary)
in a twinkling of a note. There were other excursions in England and California/West
Coast during the ‘80’s & ‘90’s, but 1978 saw
their first encounter, and the music revealed was recorded in performances
over two nights.
Side A of this vinyl (LP) recording has two pieces: “Aftercadabra”
(7:43) and “Abracadaver” (10:16). Side B has an extended piece
with the name “The Fly-Hog Replied With A Lisp...” (22:53),
which was a line from Jean de Bosschère’s The City Curious
and from which the cover art was also exhumed. All pieces were “composed”
by Mr. Parker & Mr. Goodman in a delirious state of good taste, after
having eaten what reluctantly must be described as a series of abundant
and very satisfying meals.
Evan Parker: Tenor Saxophone
Greg Goodman: Unprepared Piano
The Fly-Hog Replied With A Lisp... (22:53)
Recorded in performance at Woody Woodman's Finger Palace, Berkeley, California,
USA, November 1-2, 1978
All compositions by Greg Goodman and Evan Parker (BMI)/©
(P) 1978 The Beak Doctor
Cover illustration from The City Curious by Jean de Bosschère,
The Beak Doctor nods to Lyn Hejinian.
Produced by Woody Woodman and Henry Kaiser.
LP: presently out of print