From the charging, serpentine opener "Strange Atmosphere" through old school seductions like the angular, dark harmonics of the Keith Jarrett Euro-quartet-ish "Filipus" and the very Coltrane/Rollins "Desolation," Horizons, Belgian saxophonist Fred Delplancq's latest, is a rich and resonant tribute to the classic quartet mode.
With a decisively alpha-hard edge to his horn, Delplancq and his emphatic henchmen, free-wheeling pianist Vincent Bruyninckx, bassist Sam Gerstmans, and drummer Toon Van Dionant, enthusiastically pull and piston the leader's meaty, often moody compositions (and the samba-pop, lone non-original "Il a neigé sur yesterday") into absorbing, elastic workouts, ("Fritland," "L'aurore.")
The high point of Horizons is the musical interplay, with each track testifying to each player's innate desire to improvise and explore on his own, while having a hell of a time working together as a creative, and creating, unit.
Track Listing: Strange Atmosphere; Filipus; Desolation; Il a neigé sur yesterday; I Wish
I Had Known You; Horizons; L'aurore; Fritland; Down Under.
Personnel: All compositions by Fred Delplancq except "Il a neigé sur yesterday" by Jean-Claude
Petit & Tony Rallo. Fred Delplancq (saxophone)/ Vincent Bruyninckx (piano)/ Sam
Gerstmans (bass)/ Toon Van Dionant (drums). Recorded by Staf Verbeeck at Jet
Studio, Brussels/ Mixed and Mastered by Staf Verbeeck & François Decamps/ Executive
Producer by François Decamps.