Moutin Reunion Quartet: Power Tree (2002)
The Reunion Quartet is completed with the addition of equally talented musicians Baptiste Trotignon on piano and Sylvain Beuf on tenor and soprano saxophone. The music is at once captivating and soulful. Steeped in the roots of swing and groove, it is also a modern work of art with vision and self identity. It's contemplative, entertaining, and cool, with a deep sense of power and purpose. The CD contains a mixture of original compositions by the brothers, selections by French singer Georges Brassens, and a unique bass/drum duet version of the famous standard, "La Vie en Rose".
Francois is a dynamo of a bassist and is also the bassist with the stellar Jean-Michel Pilc Trio, also on the Dreyfus Jazz label. His bass sings and swings with much spirit. His playing and writing wizardry is displayed on the composition "Africa" which opens with a powerful bass solo. Drummer and percussionist Francois is equally adept as he exhibits command and artistic vision on selections such as "A Batons Rompus" which expresses a sense of swing and freedom. Sylvian Beuf on tenor, alto, and soprano sax is a most serious sax man. His solos and phrasings are a show of controlled intensity, smooth animation, and soulful creativity. Pianist Baptiste Trotignon has spirit and soul in the vein of Hancock and Tyner. A prime example is exhibited on his dynamic solo on Brassens selection "Je M'Suis Fait Tout P'tit". It is truly delightful to experience the musical bond and now gift of gratifying jazz by the Moutin Brothers and their Reunion Quartet. Highly Recommended.
Track Listing: 1.La Vie en Rose 2.Free Climbing 3.Africa 4.Flying Bridge 5.Toutes Directions 6.Je M'Suis Fait Tout P'tit 7.Medley:Les Copains D'Abord/Le Gorille 8.A Batons Rompus 9.Song for a Cat
Record Label: Dreyfus Records
Style: Modern Jazz