Make a difference: Support jazz online

Support All About Jazz Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved design across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.

255

Globe Unity: France

By

Sign in to view read count








European TV Brass Trio

Wunschklang

Yolk

2009


Passages

Les Fées du Rhin

Sans Bruit

2009


Gérard Siracusa

Drums Immersion

Signature/Radio France

2009


Seine scenes unfold as a brass trio marches along the quais of Paris, as funky and quirky in its way as a New Orleans street band. In and out, up and down stone stairs, cutting stutter-steps, plunger-muted blares and sputtering tuba twist-and-shouts. Then comes a chorale out of Holst, a schmaltzy landler dance, brisk swing shuffles. Yo, where we at? Crescent City or City of Lights? On top of that, we get remixes of four tracks that mutate trumpet (Matthias Schreifl), trombone (Daniel Casimir) and tuba (Francois Thuillier) into Reich loops and Glass house. Thus European-TV-Brass-Trio's Wunschklang gives us a merrily misguided tour of a mid-Atlantic world of their collective creation. This spirited group brings smart classical training and wild eclectic listening to their ensemble and keeps the listener alert and amused by their meta-musical ramblings. Instead of liner notes, they offer day-glo photos and 'very special thanks' to nearly 200 women, celebrated by their first names.

Other mid-Atlantic musical realms on today's cruise include the dark, chilly world of Les Fees du Rhin, a sax/bass/drum trio recorded in Paris; they're less happy and extrovert, caught up perhaps in a morass of emotional drudgery. Passages' collective weltanschauung often seems a Sargasso Sea of neuroses—sameness of sound, pale to dark gray dynamic shading, meandering improvisation with little song in their hearts. On the relatively lively "C'etait donc ca" (It was thus So), Daniel Erdmann's tenor warbles swiftly yet mournfully, Bejamin Duboc bows his bass in tight tremolo and Antoine Paganotti rattles his tubs, as they gather steam in fluid, if parallel, improvisations. Two eight-minute tracks eventually get a vamp rolling for at least rhythmic momentum. But mostly it's free-blown, soporific, slow-paced fragments that don't add up to a hill of beans: tightly-bowed or loosely plucked bass and random swats at the kit, under fluttering, breathy tenor. Deft drummer Gerard Siracusa is master of his own transatlantic island realm, king of the kit in the Radio France studio. On this flamboyantly demarcated and breathtakingly articulated solo outing, he pays direct homage to Max Roach early—his famous The Drum Also Dances, with its riveting 5/4 pattern (bass drum, hi-hat, bass drum, rest, rest)—and often. Clean, crisp, drumming moderate in volume always trumps those other kinds and Siracusa acquits himself admirably, adhering to the time-tested techniques of effective spacing, ever varying dynamic levels, textural density/leanness and timbral interest.

Tracks and Personnel



Wunschklang

Tracks: Wunschklang: 26 Rue Lanterne; Scene Egale; Mama; Songyl, The Last rose; Les Petites Collines; Paris-Köln; Elektrokut; Zwei Landschaften; Köln-Paris; Birdy Mjam Mjam; In Lockerer; Collines Remodeled; Gloubi Bulgare; Seine Equal; Birdy Riffmix.

Personnel: Daniel Casimir: trombone, voice, saxhorn; Matthias Schreifl: trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, percussion; Francois Thuillier: tuba, voice, saxhorn.



Les Fées du Rhin

Tracks: Les Fées du Rhin: Les Fées Des Eaux; Drames d'un Instant; C'était donc ca; Ou Presque; Sur Place; Petit a Petit; Que faire d'autre?; Mais comment répondre?; Ici et la; L'appel des ondines.

Personnel: Daniel Erdmann: tenor sax; Benjamin Duboc: bass; Antoine Paganotti: drums.



Drums Immersion

Tracks: Drums Immersion: Rouge; Flagrance; Monologue; Immersion; Emergence; Ilusion; Hommage.

Personnel: Gérard Siracusa: drums.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money Multiple Reviews Rock Candy: Montrose (eponymous) & Paper Money
by Doug Collette
Published: December 29, 2017
Read Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation Multiple Reviews Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez...
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 27, 2017
Read Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa Multiple Reviews Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk & Najwa
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute) and To Bonnie From Delaney Multiple Reviews The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Accept No Substitute)...
by Doug Collette
Published: December 23, 2017
Read Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile Multiple Reviews Van Morrison: Roll With The Punches & Versatile
by Doug Collette
Published: December 17, 2017
Read The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al Multiple Reviews The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble,...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: December 12, 2017
Read "Dan Phillips Returns To Chicago" Multiple Reviews Dan Phillips Returns To Chicago
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "David Murray Octets on Black Saint" Multiple Reviews David Murray Octets on Black Saint
by Patrick Burnette
Published: October 11, 2017
Read "Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series" Multiple Reviews Another Timbre’s Canadian Composers Series
by John Eyles
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio" Multiple Reviews The Art (de Vivre) of the Trio
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 12, 2017
Read "Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana" Multiple Reviews Queen Esther: Sings Jazz & Black Americana
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2017
Read "Two Sides of John Wetton" Multiple Reviews Two Sides of John Wetton
by Geno Thackara
Published: October 20, 2017