Lucien Dubuis Trio with Marc Ribot: Ultime Cosmos (2009)
The Lucien Dubuis Trio has released Le Retour (Unit Records, 2007) and Tovorak (Self Produced, 2005), both bearing the mark of Ribot's early bands: Rootless Cosmopolitans, The Lounge Lizards, and Shrek. Although Dubuis does not play guitar, (he mostly restles the huge contrabass clarinet), he revels in twisting sounds and creating noises not unlike Ribot's shredding guitar sound.
The trio is a barbarous jazz band with attitude, much like Mats Gustafsson
The groovy rhythm guitar of "Future Rock 1" is, at under a minute-and-a-half, just a taste of delicious funk. Dubuis also draws from Frank Zappawith jump cut dynamics on "Djidjzd" and the screwy spoken piece, "Shit Love." The trio's approach is often farcical and mischievous. The contrabass clarinet's blop-blop-blops in the lowest of registers allows for the much quicker players to solo, accent, and improvise around him. When he takes up the alto saxophone on "La Danse Des Machines" and "Djidjzd," speed and rigor mark the playing. The band can negotiate tight corners with precision, or unbundle a tune like the simple folksy "Do You Know The Way To My Home" and the twisted children's melody "Echo Noire," making them into nervous hipster anthems.
With Ribot in tow, the Lucien Dubuis trio finds multiple avenues for advancing the creative edginess of jazz.
The CD is accompanied by a DVD with several short films. One documents this recording and a second of the trio. The others are concert videos of the trio in New York with Ribot.
Track Listing: Ultimate Cosmos; Bal Les Masques!; Echo Noire; Ayarashiki; Future Rock 1; Djidjzd; Space Invaders; La Danse Des Machines; Future Rock 2; Insomnie; Shit Love; Do You Know The Way To My Home.
Personnel: Lucien Dubuis: alto saxophone, contrabass clarinet; Roman Nowka: bass, guitar, vocals; lionel Friedli: drums; Marc Ribot: guitar.
Record Label: Enja Records
Style: Modern Jazz