Rex, Wrecks & XXX

Rex, Wrecks & XXX is a double CD by British jazz saxophonist Evan Parker and American pianist Matthew Shipp released on the French RogueArt label. The disc one was recorded in studio and the disc two live at the Vortex in London the following day. The two “Wrecks” pieces are solo improvisations by Shipp and Parker. Previously, they collaborated on 2007’s Abbey Road Duos.

Rex, Wrecks & XXX
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Studio album / Live album by
RecordedSeptember 6 & 7, 2011
VenueVortex, London
ProducerMichel Dorbon
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat     [1]

The Down Beat review by Daniel A. Brown states "Each player, armed with an arsenal of concepts, experience and technique, aims for a shared target, an alien melodicism centered on emotional expression, pulled form the unknown."[1]

The Point of Departure review by Jason Bivins says "As is the case with all the music on this release, it’s extremely focused stuff that, while never for a moment sacrificing the utter distinctiveness of the musicians, is unpredictable and organic. Many of the pieces develop, at least for a brief interval, into a fragmentary, angular space that seems a common language for these two superb listeners."[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Parker/Shipp except as indicated

Disc One

  1. "Rex 1" – 9:55
  2. "Rex 2" – 6:46
  3. "Wrecks 1" (Matthew Shipp) – 5:25
  4. "Rex 3" – 1:34
  5. "Wrecks 2" (Evan Parker) – 2:45
  6. "Rex 4" – 6:11
  7. "Rex 5" – 11:00
  8. "Rex 6" – 4:33

Disc Two

  1. "XXX" – 41:47



  1. ^ a b Brown, Daniel A. Rex, Wrecks & XXX review. Down Beat November 13: page 59. Print.
  2. ^ Bivins, Jason. Rex, Wrecks & XXX review at Point of Departure