All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

4

le GGRIL: Combines

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
The 10-musician, Quebecois, Rimouski-based ensemble Grill, or in its full name—Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée, is an experimental, improvisation orchestra. The GGRIL has been active since 2007 and collaborated with innovative Canadian improvisers such as reed player Jean Derome (Le GRILL, Insubordinations, 2007), guitarist Rene Lussier, and percussionist Danielle P. Roger (Pinta, Niña & Maria, Ambiances Magnétiques, 2010). They have also toured and recorded with British sax master Evan Parker (Vivaces Tour de Bras, 2013). Combines, available only on phosphorescent red vinyl or in downloadable format, features GRILL on its own performing pieces favoring non-linear forms of composing. All demand immediate choice making by the musician.

"Jeu de cartes" (Card Game), is spread over the first side in two parts, an improvisational game based on a random distribution of instructions devised by label owner, electric bassist and GRILL founder Éric Normand. It highlights the surreal, even eccentric sonic palette of GRILL—two electric guitarists, cellist, violinist, double bassist, electric bassist, two percussionists, trumpeter and accordionist—all coming from different backgrounds. The arresting music shifts gently between experimental sonic searches, reductionist minimalism, abstract noises and intense, post-rock textures. The subtle interplay does not lose its delicate tension, emphatic sonic collisions, or its focus, balance and cohesiveness, despite the arbitrary nature of the game-like piece.

The collective improvisation, "Oui, cela pourrait commencer comme ça..." stresses GRILL musicians' rare prowess to structure detailed and multi-layered texture through non-linear, free improvisation. Again, the tension builds patiently and slowly through colorful timbral searches, minuscule sonic confrontations and changing tempos. "Situation à deux chefs," in it's studio and live version (available only as a bonus, with a download card attached to the vinyl} is another musical game. This time two conductors— Normand and Bastien—compete on GRILL musicians' changing spans of attention, leading the orchestra into intense and aggressive collisions, even more so on the live version. Even in such a chaotic sonic situation, GRILL does not lose its poetic spirit and intricate, playful interplay.

Brilliant, provocative music.

Track Listing: Jeu de carte - première partie; Jeu de carte - deuxième partie; Oui, cela pourrait commencer comme ça....; Situation à deux chefs; Bonus: Situation à deux chefs {live}.

Personnel: Olivier D'Amours: electric guitar; Robert Bastien: electric guitar; Rémy Bélanger de Beauport: cello; Anna-Lisa Cone: double bass, voice; Tom Jacques: percussion; Antoine Létourneau-Berger: percussion, radio, clarinet; Éric Normand: electric bass; Alexandre Robichaud: trumpet; Catherine Savard Massicotte: violin, voice; Robin Servant: accordion.

Title: Combines | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Tour De Bras

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Combines

Combines

Tour De Bras
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Northern Migrations CD/LP/Track Review
Northern Migrations
by Ian Patterson
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Egregore CD/LP/Track Review
Egregore
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Lifelike CD/LP/Track Review
Lifelike
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Whatever Possessed Me CD/LP/Track Review
Whatever Possessed Me
by Don Phipps
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Live At The Fillmore East 1968 CD/LP/Track Review
Live At The Fillmore East 1968
by Doug Collette
Published: April 22, 2018
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
Live
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 21, 2018
Read "Here Today" CD/LP/Track Review Here Today
by Tyran Grillo
Published: December 26, 2017
Read "Nellie Bly Project" CD/LP/Track Review Nellie Bly Project
by Paul Rauch
Published: August 11, 2017
Read "The Authorized Bang Collection" CD/LP/Track Review The Authorized Bang Collection
by Doug Collette
Published: April 29, 2017
Read "Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson" CD/LP/Track Review Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 31, 2017
Read "Parrots Paradise" CD/LP/Track Review Parrots Paradise
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Hanukkah" CD/LP/Track Review Hanukkah
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 8, 2017