This album of tunes from the cross-border, French-led trio features many elements of their native approaches to improvised music-- exploratory experimentation on the boundaries of the respective instruments, solo work of a high order, and a strong sense of playfulness. The three instruments concerned are all from the middle range of pitch, as suggested in the title, two tenor saxophones led by a cello. As one might expect from the likes of Vincent Courtois (sometime colleague of John Greaves, Sylvie Courvoisier, Dominique Pifarély, and Joachim Kühn to name a few) invention features highly among the selection, even ...read more
Vincent Courtois Quartet Malmintalo - Helsinki, FinlandNovember 9, 2009
Vincent Courtois likens himself to an off-road, all-terrain vehicle: he takes his music to places where other cellists are reluctant to go. And it can't be denied after being in the company of his current quartet for an evening's entertainment that it's an exciting and awe-inspiring journey that he invites you on.
Playing regularly with two established experimentalists, Silvie Courvoisier and Yves Robert, both ECM artists, Courtois perfectly fits the profile of the modern jazz musician who naturally straddles the alternative categories of regular" (jazz) ...read more
In the past, thirty-two year old French cellist Vincent Courtois has aligned himself with an impressive cast of musicians whether performing contemporary classical or sharpening his jazz/improv talents with the likes of; Martial Solal, Dave Douglas, Marc Ducret, Steve Swallow and many others of note. With his first major label release titled Translucide, Courtois performs a few solo pieces and some feisty duets with guitarist Noel Akchote’, tuba merchant Michel Godard and trombonist Yves Robert. On the title track - “Translucide”, the cellist and guitarist Noel Akchote’ implement oscillating electronics as Courtois renders pensive, probing lines atop the somewhat cyclic ...read more