The Moment's Energy

The Moment's Energy is an album by British saxophonist and improvisor Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble recorded at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in 2007 and released on the ECM label.[1]

The Moment's Energy
Live album by
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
RecordedNovember 2007
VenueLawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, England
ProducerSteve Lake
Evan Parker chronology
Time Lapse
The Moment's Energy
Whitstable Solo


Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[3]
The Guardian[4]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars stating "this work is more modern composition than merely free or experimental jazz. This is a gorgeous work when taken as a whole, a musical journey through multi-dimensional landscapes and sonic shadows that seems to stretch time itself."[2]

On All About Jazz John Kelman called it "an album where there's both greater density and delineation, an even broader dynamic scope and, quite simply, one of the most ambitious mixtures of form and freedom, and extant and new-found textures" and "A composition that could never be performed the same way twice, its careful construction of sound in real-time and post-production makes for an ambitiously considered experience of great power and unsettling subtlety".[3]

The Guardian's John Fordam observed "Different combinations of players come to the fore in each piece, which imparts variety to these abstract soundscapes"[4]

The Penguin Jazz Guide called it "a composed piece for improvising ensemble that delivered a work of unparalleled sophistication and presence" noting "the sound-world of the piece is determined to a broad extent by the individual performers, but it is Parker's imagination - capricious responsive but in no way totalizing - that makes the piece so successful ... Though some may cite the ensemble's transatlantic collaboration with Roscoe Mitchell as a greater achievement, this remarkable collaborative work is it's masterpiece"[5]

Track listing

All compositions by Evan Parker

  1. "The Moment's Energy I" - 9:29
  2. "The Moment's Energy II" - 9:45
  3. "The Moment's Energy III" - 9:34
  4. "The Moment's Energy IV" - 4:19
  5. "The Moment's Energy V" - 9:23
  6. "The Moment's Energy VI" - 8:11
  7. "The Moment's Energy VII" - 11:14
  8. "Incandescent Clouds" - 5:05



  1. ECM discography accessed November 18, 2011
  2. Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed November 18, 2011
  3. Kelman, J. All About Jazz Review, accessed November 28, 2019
  4. Fordham, J. The Guardian Review, accessed November 28, 2019
  5. Morton, Brian; Richard Cook (2010) [1992]. The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (10th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 728. ISBN 978-0-14-104831-4.
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