All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

300

Colin Vallon Trio: Ailleurs

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
The alternative jazz piano trio vibe hits rather poignantly during the start of the opening piece on Ailleurs, "Le Paradis Perdu. With dense bells, cymbals, prepared piano treatments and an ethereal world music sound, you might guess that the Colin Vallon Trio is up to something rather special. The musicians instill budding movements and regal choruses into a set where twelve interrelated works also surface as noticeably disparate musical statements.

The action amid a quasi-freeform and dirge-like spiritual passage during "Swing Low provides but a few of the many highlights here, where the band merely straddles the avant-garde schema. On "Robots, the musicians generate a systematic rhythmic ostinato that sounds like a whacked-out mechanical process.

Vallon's piano work is capacious, intriguing and deceptively complex. On "Mardi, he steers a push/pull motif atop an odd-metered pulse, sparking remembrances of Keith Jarrett's modern jazz-based boogie-woogie grooves. Nonetheless, Vallon and his rhythm section spin a distinctive cycle of events. The concepts that run throughout this program create a new and irrefutably charismatic aura. Saturated with neither effects nor cacophonic expressionism, Ailleurs professes a sense of oneness that hits home from the start.


Track Listing: Le Paradis Perdu; Babylone; Swing Low; Souris; Trenke, Todorke; Sous-Marin; Je Ne Sais Pas; Robots; Zombie; Mardi; Quand Meme; Elle.

Personnel: Colin Vallon: piano, prepared piano; Pat Moret: bass; Samuel Rohrer: drums.

Title: Ailleurs | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Hatology

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
Read more articles
Danse

Danse

ECM Records
2017

buy
Le Vent

Le Vent

ECM Records
2015

buy
Le Vent

Le Vent

ECM Records
2014

buy
Rruga

Rruga

ECM Records
2011

buy
 

Thirty Six Ghosts

Clean Feed Records
2010

buy

Related Articles

Read Alive In The East? CD/LP/Track Review
Alive In The East?
by Chris May
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Love Stone CD/LP/Track Review
Love Stone
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Empty Castles CD/LP/Track Review
Empty Castles
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Myths and Morals CD/LP/Track Review
Myths and Morals
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: June 22, 2018
Read The Sum Of My Pardon CD/LP/Track Review
The Sum Of My Pardon
by Jim Olin
Published: June 22, 2018
Read Postcard Collection CD/LP/Track Review
Postcard Collection
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "Highsmith" CD/LP/Track Review Highsmith
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 7, 2017
Read "Ultimate Hits" CD/LP/Track Review Ultimate Hits
by Doug Collette
Published: September 17, 2017
Read "Sky Glow" CD/LP/Track Review Sky Glow
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: May 7, 2018
Read "Oh, Clara!" CD/LP/Track Review Oh, Clara!
by Jim Olin
Published: September 3, 2017
Read "La Terza Via" CD/LP/Track Review La Terza Via
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: February 9, 2018
Read "Ugly Beauty" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Nick Davies
Published: July 20, 2017