From htakat, a friend of this blog, comes Evan Parker and Paul Lytton's Ra, recorded live at the 1976 Moers festival. Listening to it now, it sounds like archetypal free improvisation of that period, an important step in discovering a distinct language, with bleak, astringent themes alternating against moments of great beauty. The extended sequences of Evan Parker's circular breathing punctuated and surrounded by Lytton's electronics are nothing short of extraordinary. Listening to it then, it must have appeared as sounds from a parallel universe. Even with the clicks and pops of this transfer, the sense of discovery and confidence in this music comes across strongly.