Each one of French guitarist Marc Ducret's Tower series albums has featured different lineups and instrumentation. With Tower vol. 3, he employs a three-man trombone attack with percussion and piano performers; as stated in the album liners, the band plays comments on the music already played." Therefore, the musicians redevelop and dissect previous works appearing on the first two volumes. At times polytonal via the divergent instrumentation mix, the trombonists' powerful choruses supply interesting contrasts as the band takes on ...read more
French guitarist Marc Ducret's new sextet, known also as the Real Thing #3 band, was supposed to mark the end of his Tower cycle of compositions, now spread over four discs and at least five projects: a solo guitar, quartet, quintet and the as-yet- unrecorded 12-member Tower-Bridge orchestra. This project was initiated by Ducret in 2008 as an attempt to mirror a musical texture to a chapter from writer Vladimir Nabokov's Ada," in which he weaves a whole labyrinth made ...read more
When French guitarist Marc Ducret began to plan his Tower book of works-- Vol. 1 (2010) for a Franco-Danish quintet and Vol. 2 (2011) for a Franco-American quartet (both on Ayler)-- he thought to transpose to his musical world a literary device that writer Vladimir Nabokov used in his 1969 book Ada. In this book, Nabokov weaves a whole labyrinth made of mirrors, memories and correspondences, eventually building a form which in turn leads to his other books, themes and ...read more
Marc Ducret SoloMalmintaloHelsinki, FinlandJaunary 29, 2012 A solo performance is by definition an intense experience, and when the musician is committed to a style which is itself close to impenetrable the result can be bewildering; in this case a performance is bound only by the resourcefulness of the audience. Those attending this penultimate concert of French guitarist Marc Ducret's Finnish tour almost certainly knew what to expect. With the assistance of ...read more
Marc Ducret is among the elite group of modern era guitarists who make a significant imprint on roads previously navigated, with a penchant for exploring bewildering musical vistas. His unique instrumental voice has been a source of wonderment for several decades. On his follow-up to Tower Vol. 1 (Ayler, 2011), featuring a horns-based quintet, Ducret realigns with longtime comrades and influential musicians in their own right--alto saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Tom Rainey--for a bass-less quartet. Moreover, violinist Dominique Pifarely's ...read more
From the word go, guitarist Marc Ducret's Le sens de la marche enters another world, an unsettled one full of surprise and anguish--one for which there can be no preparation. Vaguely reminiscent of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Tim Berne, it's a musical hubbub of organized chaos--systematic in theory but brutal and brilliant in practice.
The references, however, are many and various. Ducret's jungle is wild and urbane; on Tapage," the distant echoes of Duke Ellington's jungle can be heard, ...read more
Marc Ducret is usually experienced either as a highly noticeable sideman or, if he's leading his own band, a dangerously pointed guitar brandisher. Mostly, he's known for working with Tim Berne, as part of Bloodcount and Big Satan. This solo album reveals one of Ducret's other aspects: composer and bandleader on a particularly ambitious scale. His 10-piece ensemble sounds even bigger than that, benefiting from strategic electrification and amplification. The material was recorded in Ducret's French homeland, ...read more
The Marc Ducret Trio Rythmihäiri Club Helsinki, Finland November 31, 2007
Lost in translation is not an applicable excuse when listening to free-form instrumental jazz. It is to be expected. Sitting through 25 minutes of the intense experimental music the Marc Ducret Trio offers up during a single selection, inevitably the listener is sometimes in limbo -- wherever such respite might be!
Playing to a packed bar at Helsinki's Rythmihäiri (Cardiac Dysfunction) Club, ...read more