Moutin Reunion Quartet: Power Tree (2002)
Most of this reunion program was composed by the Moutin brothers. Theirs is an exciting form of jazz that derives from the mainstream and digs deeply into emotional force. Hence, the title: Power Tree. Their natural empathy enables both to anticipate improvised changes in volume and intensity. The bassist loves a clear melody and the drummer assumes his responsibility for rhythm. Sylvain Beuf, an adequate saxophonist, accepts a feature role through much of the album. His tenor, in particular, provides a major part of the quartet's spirit. Pianist Baptiste Trotignon shares in the excitement with clear passion. Theirs is good, clean, straight-ahead jazz with no gimmicks or corny ideas. As a top-ten album of the year, this one comes highly recommended.
Track Listing: La Vie en Rose; Free Climbing; Africa; Flying Bridge; Toutes Directions; Je M'suis Fait Tout P'tit; Les Copains D'abord/Le Gorille; A Batons Rompus; Song for a Cat.
Record Label: Dreyfus Records