Francois Carrier Trio with Uri Caine: All' Alba (2003)
Carrier's alto is rough and sinewy, as always. His sheer brawn as a soloist belies the alto's lighter sound (it's interesting to compare Carrier to someone like Paul Desmond, in whose hands the alto sounds like a completely different instrument). Cote's sound is fat and round, resonating with Carrier's sandpaper tone. Lambert, as always, is exceptional on drums.
But it is American citizen Caine who is the real show here. He doesn't just support Carrier, he engages him. To listen to the two of them circle one another on tracks like "Lekh Leka" and "Karuna" is incredible. In Caine, Carrier has surely met his match. But, as Duke Ellington once noted of his Stride heroes, these two musicians respect one another too much to draw blood. This is a knock-down, drag-out musical melee in which everybody wins, especially the listener.
Track Listing: Karuna; Entrance 3; Lekh Leka; Enfants du Ciel; L'Etang; Don't Mind; Jeu; As Crazy As; All' Alba.
Personnel: Francois Carrier, alto saxophone; Uri Caine, piano; Pierre Cote, bass; Michel Lambert, drums.
Record Label: Justin Time Records
Style: Modern Jazz