6

Régis Huby 4tet: Equal Crossing

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Régis Huby 4tet: Equal Crossing French violinist Régis Huby's solo projects are quite rare. His previous solo album, Simple Sound was released nine years ago (Le Chant Du Monde, 2007), nine years after his debut album, Le Sentiment Des Brutes (Transes Européennes, 1998). Still, Huby is one of the busiest and most original musicians on the French scene, one who refuses to follow genre or style boundaries, a producer and the head of the Abalone Production label. He recorded with several European musicians, among them local reeds player Louis Sclavis, cellist Vincent Courtois, and German pianist Joachim Kühn.

Huby's third release is a concept album inspired by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss seminal booklet Race and History in which he claimed that "All cultural progress depends on a coalition of cultures" and encouraged the diversity of cultures. The title of the album, as well as the titles of Huby's compositions may be impressionistic metaphors referencing the mass immigration phenomena that all European countries experience in recent years.

Huby's 4tet features guitarist Marc Ducret, keyboardist Bruno Angelini and percussionist Michael Rabbia, all, like Huby, are opinionated, forward-thinking musicians who always attempt to bend and expand musical conventions. All play lead roles as equal partners, their voices intertwined organically as they alternating between acoustic instruments and effects-laden electric ones. The 4tet sonic dynamics sounds at times as visiting atmospheric prog-rock terrains, the fusion pyrotechnics of influential groups as Mahavishnu Orchestra, but charges the intricate compositions with an open, often even chamber-jazz improvising approach.

The album is divided into three consecutive movements. The first one stresses a sense of emotional urgency full of fears and doubt, the second expresses the rapid change of moods and sceneries of the new, daily experiences and the third radiates a more relaxed feeling, still a fragile one of hope and shelter. All are executed with great passion and impressive pathos, emphasizing a sharp sense of invention and imagination and full of moving beauty and elegance.

Track Listing: Movement 1: Part 1 - Faith & Doubt; Part 2 - Doubt & Fear. Movement 2: Part 1 - Are we from …?; Part 2 - The Synthesis of Now-here; Part 3 - The Crossing of Appearances; Movement 3: Part 1 - Imaginary Bridges; Part 2 - Horizon’s Crossing.

Personnel: Régis Huby: electroacoustic tenor violin, electric violin, electronics. Marc Ducret: acoustic and electric guitars; Bruno Angelini: piano, Fender Rhodes, mini moog; Michael Rabbia: percussion, electronics.

Title: Equal Crossing | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Abalone Productions


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Attic CD/LP/Track Review The Attic
by John Sharpe
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Outside The Comfort Zone CD/LP/Track Review Outside The Comfort Zone
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 24, 2017
Read # 1 CD/LP/Track Review # 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Tetrawind CD/LP/Track Review Tetrawind
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Triplicate CD/LP/Track Review Triplicate
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "As The Wind" CD/LP/Track Review As The Wind
by John Eyles
Published: January 12, 2017
Read "Ask Seek Knock" CD/LP/Track Review Ask Seek Knock
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 28, 2017
Read "Third Stage of Elegance" CD/LP/Track Review Third Stage of Elegance
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 6, 2017
Read "Henrik Jensen's Followed by Thirteen: Blackwater" CD/LP/Track Review Henrik Jensen's Followed by Thirteen: Blackwater
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 21, 2016
Read "Fusion Machine" CD/LP/Track Review Fusion Machine
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Illuminations" CD/LP/Track Review Illuminations
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 24, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!