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Joelle Leandre / Nicole Mitchell: Sisters Where

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Sisters Where forms another installment in the fertile collaboration between French bassist Joëlle Léandre and American flutist Nicole Mitchell, following on from Before After (Rogue Art, 2011) and Flowing Stream (Leo Records, 2014). One enduring feature of the pairing is the attractive opposition of high and low ends represented by their respective axes, although of course Léandre can effortlessly traverse that divide with her virtuosic bow handling. What further helps make the session work so well is that each includes a healthy dose of lyricism in their discourse, alongside more extended techniques. But it is their sense of improvisatory fun ...

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Daunik Lazro / Joelle Leandre: Hasparren

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This outing signifies the fifth recording and sole duo pairing by these consummate improvisers, spanning several decades. Recorded at a cultural center in Hasparren, France, the musicians explore the lower register with a profusion of prismatic contrasts as they interrogate and expand upon numerous schematics that at times, seem uncannily composed or sketched out prior to their summit. Of course, the album is totally improvised and the artists' striking intuitiveness is not surprising. The duo engages in whispery and intimately crafted storylines, established by Joelle Leandre's gentle arco- lines and baritone saxophonist Daunik Lazro's softly woven ...

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Steve Dalachinsky / Joelle Leandre: The Bill Has Been Paid

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The verbal-musical match between American beat poet Steve Dalachinsky, who describes himself as one that was born “right after the last big war and managed to survive lots of little wars," and French double master Joëlle Léandre is unique and untimely. Dalachinsky's poetry focuses on his musical experiences and meditations on musicians--as a spectator or collaborator, or as an active player in a musical scene (for example with Matthew Shipp or Charles Gayle)--ones that transform him into a more conscious, compassionate person.Léandre has written poetry and collaborated with poets, amongst many other interdisciplinary artists, since the beginning of ...

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Sudo Quartet: Live at Banlieue Bleue

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Such is the strength and conviction with which the Sudo Quartet performs that thoughts immediately turn to how they developed such a cohesive group sound. With no liners and no information on the web, the genesis of the unit remains a mystery, though the same foursome feature on four tracks on bassist Joelle Leandre's At the Le Mans Jazz Festival (Leo, 2005). But when uniting four virtuoso stylists from the European free improvisation scene, it's a near certainty that their paths have crossed many times during their careers.Whatever the history, it becomes straight away apparent from the first ...

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Joelle Leandre & Jerome Bourdellon: Evidence

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Bass and flute represent significant tonal contrasts and here, flutist Jerome Bourdellon and world-renowned bassist, composer and improviser Joelle Leandre divulge innumerable perspectives and quite a bit of food for thought on these duets. However, Bourdellon employs bass clarinet and bass flute on two tracks, as no other instruments are nestled into the mid-sections of the program and the artists follow similar modalities to complement and support each other. Each piece presents a different viewpoint, largely immersed in call and response mechanisms that incite additional mini-themes and an aggregation of twirling excursions or impressionistic counter-maneuvers. These facets shine ...

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Joelle Leandre / Serge Teyssot-Gay: Trans

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The first collaboration between prolific French double bass and free-improvisation master Joëlle Léandre and fellow countryman, guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay--founder of French progressive bands Noir Désir and Interzone, and affiliated with the experimental and more arty side rock--may not seem a natural fit. But this live recording from a benefit concert for the Point Ephémère magazine demonstrates that the two share a lot in common. Léandre and Teyssot-Gay weave patiently, carefully built and multilayered textures. Often these textures offer cinematic and dramatic narratives, even surprisingly lyrical ones as the fifth improvisation,"4.29," while others are elaborate, physical and timbral ...

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Joelle Leandre / Phillip Greenlief: That Overt Desire Of Object

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Contrabassist Joëlle Léandre and West Coast woodwind player Phillip Greenlief work out 11 different compositions between their two respective instruments and voices on That Overt Desire of Object. The flexibility and space that each provides the other seems to be reflected in the line note comments about the negative effects of greed. The title is a variation of the Luis Buñuel movie That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), with a playing field that appears a bit more level when compared to the bassist's 2009 duo with Anthony Braxton, Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007 (Leo Records, 2009).Each set of variations ...



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