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This ad-hoc French trio brings tenor saxophone players and free improvisersSylvain Guérineau, who is also a gifted painter, and Alexandra Grimal to the musical universe of veteran pianist Francois Tusques, who began to play jazz in post-war France and was a close associate of expatriate Americans like Don Cherry and Art Ensemble Of Chicago during the late 1960's. La Jungle du Douanier Rousseauits title refers to the naïve paintings of post-impressionist Henri Rousseauwas recorded live and carries the exploratory spirit of the free jazz of the sixties.
The ten pieces unfold like a long suite and all are deeply rooted in the blues and jazz legacies but feature fresh, opinionated perspectives on these rich legacies. Tusques present the conventional, respectful angle while Grimal and Guérineau, each on different channel, share more subversive and abstract point of views on these legacies, yet, both, solidify Tusques soulful, emotional playing. Both Grimal and Guérineau adopt a reserved tone on the first pieces, unlike their highly original voices on their own recordings.
Only through mid-concert, beginning with the playful "Au Chat Qui Pêche" Grimal and Guérineau navigate the supportive and patient interplay towards less charted terrains. The "Don Cherry Blue," as the following pieces, especially the bluesy title piece, already sound as open-ended free improvisations that respects the intense, searching spirit of Cherry and other expatriate Americans of the sixties. The concert is concluded with "Move the Blues," a return to the heartfelt, respectful atmosphere of the beginning of the concert but with some Monkish ornamentations on the blues scale.
This impressive musical meeting demonstrates how the jazz legacy, as all modern genres, is enriched by fresh, irreverent and even subversive interpretation of its most basic vocabulary.
Track Listing: Dick Twardzick; Sérénité; A Tâtons; Au Chat Qui Pêche; Orgue A Bouche;
Don Cherry Blue; Alexandrins Africains; Tout Est Possible; La Jungle Du
Douanier Rousseau; Move The Blues.
Personnel: François Tusques: piano; Alexandra Grimal: tenor saxophone; Sylvain
Guérineau: tenor saxophone.
Year Released: 2014
| Record Label: Improvised Beings
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com