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François Carrier/ Michel Lambert/ John Edwards/ Steve Beresford: Overground To The Vortex (2013)

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The adventures of François Carrier continue with Overground To The Vortex. The well-traveled Canadian saxophonist has recorded in Nepal—KATHMANDU (FMR, 2008), St. Petersburg, Russia with All Out (FMR, 2011) and In Motion (Leo, 2011), of course Canada Entrance 3 (Ayler, 2011), and this release in Great Britain, where he made his Shores and Ditches (FMR Records,2012).

His improvisational voice lends itself to collaborating with others, as he is an astute listener and a master of teamwork. He has recorded with Uri Caine
Uri Caine
Uri Caine
b.1956
piano
, Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
Bobo Stenson
b.1944
piano
, Paul Bley
Paul Bley
Paul Bley
b.1932
piano
,Gary Peacock
Gary Peacock
Gary Peacock
b.1935
bass
, and Dewey Redman
Dewey Redman
Dewey Redman
b.1931
sax, tenor
. His most frequent partner, drummer Michel Lambert joins him on this live recording at the Vortex Club in London in December 2011. Carrier and Lambert, here with local legends, pianist Steve Beresford on two tracks, and bassist John Edwards on all four tracks.

His saxophone voice tends toward an undisguised improvisational swirl that billows notes be they rapid fire squawks, tranquil blown and overblown notes, or tension-built runs. With Edwards and Lambert on the first two tracks, the saxophone dances to the bowed bass, darting, flitting and hopping as Lambert turns the heat up, working the thermostat that is his kit. Carrier announces himself with an Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
-call on "Mile End" that draws lines through the jazz map from 1966 through Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
Joe McPhee
b.1939
reeds
's work in the 1970s, to Evan Parker
Evan Parker
Evan Parker
b.1944
sax, tenor
.

With Beresford in the mix the situation fractures. The pianist, a contrarian by nature, often zigs when the others have zagged. His playing partners are ready and very willing to accommodate the ruckus. Edwards is an old hand at it, but Lambert and Carrier are also up for the varying directions and the improvised prescription. The two lengthy pieces fluctuate from loud to soft, tense to serene, but always transforming and reorganizing. The varying ebb and flow of this live date maintains charm until the end.

Track Listing: Mile End; Bow Road; Archway; Barking Side.

Personnel: François Carrier: alto saxophone; Michel Lambert: drums; John Edwards: double bass; Steve Beresford: piano.

Record Label: NotTwo Records


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