There’s been a lot of (positive) chatter about this recent release! Firstly, due to the superstar implications of the personnel and secondly for the sheer intensity and roaring firepower, witnessed throughout. Recorded live in Paris, this quartet owns up to its expectations! Daniel Humair has always been a highly regarded drummer within European jazz circles, while tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and guitarist Marc Ducret’s legacies span multiple European and American modern jazz type endeavors. Moreover, Eskelin frequently tours abroad with drummer Jim Black and accordionist Andrea Parkins.
Bassist Bruno Chevillon and Humair provide the soloists with all the ammo they need for a set brimming with dangerously explosive improvisational sequences and maddening, free-bop style excursions. Humair generally throttles his associate’s permutations with swiftly organized polyrhythmic jaunts, consisting of swarming fills and exacting cymbal work. Whereas Ducret injects his signature style electric guitar manipulations into the mix, as he melds wily lines with shrewd employment of volume control and EFX. However, the guitarist also plucks nimble jazz progressions amid Eskelin’s blustery choruses and complexly woven passages. The band tones it down a notch or two on the piece titled “Amalgame” – where Eskelin’s soulful lyricism counteracts Ducret’s subtle dynamics. In some respects, this recording represents a modernist’s dream band. Enjoy! (Passionately recommended)
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.