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Canadian clarinetist/composer Francois Houle and is current working band explore the mechanics of Cryptology as a thematic basis for this most interesting new release. With this production, the band seemingly embarks upon an investigative course as they perhaps correlate complex mathematical algorithms to music notation, while they establish a foundation for the listener’s mind’s eye via the power of suggestion.
On pieces such as “Palinodia I” and “Asymptote”, the “Francois Houle 5” engages in quietly frenetic soundscapes, whereas, violoncellist Peggy Lee either establishes the heartbeat or partakes in conversational interplay in concert with Houle and trumpeter/pianist Brad Turner’s, reconstruction of themes and interrogation of diametrically opposed angles. And while percussionist Dylan Van Der Schyff assists with the meter, he plays an equally important role as a colorist. However, the band finalizes the outing on a boisterous note with the piece titled, “Keystream Mystery”, where they turn up the heat via Houle and Turner’s pumping unison choruses and what appears to be Ms. Lee performing her cello through some electronics or digital EFX configuration. - A thought provoking extravaganza it is!
Track Listing: Palinodia I, Le corps abstrait
Personnel: Francois Houle; clarinets, bass clarinet: Peggy Lee; violoncello; Brad Turner; trumpet, piano: Dylan Van Der Schyff; percussion. * Special guest: Sheila McDonald; violin on Le corps abstrait
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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