Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

162

Yannick Rieu:

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
The thrust of many recent jazz recordings has been to play fast and loud, pushing the limits of the music. But creativity also runs in the slower lanes, as on "I" Is Memory . Saxophonist Yannick Rieu was noted by Downbeat magazine in 1998 as one of the most promising new saxophonists, along with Branford Marsalis and Joe Lovano; Rieu has earned acclaim and respect with his recordings and performances in France, Canada, and the United States.

I Is Memory takes its time. Quiet and introspective, but never somnolent, the music finds the leader in a number of duo and trio settings with compositions that are interlaced with rich and varied textures, as on the title piece, which features Rieu's soprano dancing with the colorful percussion of Christian Lagueux. Other tunes may find the saxophonist in a trio with the heralded Canadian pianist François Bourassa and bassist Guy Boisvert, or paired with drummer Philippe Soirat.

Rieu's sound brings to mind sax leaders Wayne Shorter and Ravi Coltrane with his brush-like phrasing and probing lines on the exquisite "Hazy Listening" and "Petit Songe Garanti, where Rieu also integrates electronically sampled children's voices from a playground to create a dream-like sequence. Although his technique is one of poise, he also can heartily swing, as on the sax/drum duo "Like Someone In Love. The other musicians' contributions are key in creating atmospheric and cool vibrations of tempo, melody, and style. If you've never heard of Yannick Rieu, this recording would make a fine introduction.


Track Listing: Watp; R O; Song H; Like Someone In Love; Petit Songe Garanti; Hazy Listening; Roja; PSG; I Is Memory.

Personnel: Yannick Rieu: soprano & tenor saxophones/sampling; Fran

Title: | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Effendi Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read OR CD/LP/Track Review OR
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2018
Read The Songbook Project CD/LP/Track Review The Songbook Project
by Don Phipps
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Solo a Genova CD/LP/Track Review Solo a Genova
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Reaching Out CD/LP/Track Review Reaching Out
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 18, 2018
Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Unnatural  Events" CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Silent Voices" CD/LP/Track Review Silent Voices
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: August 4, 2017
Read "Stereotomic" CD/LP/Track Review Stereotomic
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Weapons Of Mass Distraction" CD/LP/Track Review Weapons Of Mass Distraction
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 31, 2017
Read "Live" CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 9, 2017
Read "Dreaming Big" CD/LP/Track Review Dreaming Big
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 12, 2017