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Joelle Leandre & Jerome Bourdellon: Evidence

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Track review of "Evidence II"

Bass and flute represent significant tonal contrasts and here, flutist Jerome Bourdellon and world-renowned bassist, composer and improviser Joëlle Léandre divulge innumerable perspectives and quite a bit of food for thought on these duets. However, Bourdellon employs bass clarinet and bass flute on two tracks, as no other instruments are nestled into the mid-sections of the program and the artists follow similar modalities to complement and support each other.

Each piece presents a different viewpoint, largely immersed in call and response mechanisms that incite additional mini-themes and an aggregation of twirling excursions or impressionistic counter-maneuvers. These facets shine on "Evidence II," where Bourdellon uses the C flute atop Leandre's flickering arco notes that embed a vibe, toggling between soaring intensity and pensive musings. The flutist covers a mammoth force field via his coarse phrasings, breathy interludes, and charming undertones. Nonetheless, the musicians' active listening and witty use of counterpoint equates to a harmonious communion. They maximize their capabilities and conjure several rhythmic parallels, offset by cyclonic activities and understated classical music inferences. The musicians elevate what could have been little more than a novelty, to a serious lesson in the art of improvisation; hence, the evidence lies within.

Track Listing:

Personnel: Joelle Leandre: contrabass; Jerome Bourdellon: C flute.

Title: Evidence | Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Relative Pitch Records

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