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Lucien Dubuis Trio: Future Rock

Read "Future Rock" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The entire debate that bids one to take sides regarding art being either made by conservatory trained artistes or original primitives is quite the red herring. Sure, punk rock favored emotion over skill, but nobody would argue against Television guitarist Tom Verlaine's talent or the folk music of guitarist Bill Frisell. If you can play and you have not shed you primal unpretentious sound, then we have the recipe for a moving experience.Saxophonist Lucien Dubuis's trio has both ...

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Lucien Dubuis Trio with Marc Ribot: Ultime Cosmos

Read "Ultime Cosmos" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Lucien Dubuis' Swiss trio has had a long association with guitarist Marc Ribot. He might even have been the inspiration for the reedman, bassist/guitarist Roman Nowka, and drummer Lionel Friedli to form their group. So when the New York guitarist joins them for Ultime Cosmos, there is bound be fireworks.

The Lucien Dubuis Trio has released Le Retour (Unit Records, 2007) and Tovorak (Self Produced, 2005), both bearing the mark of Ribot's early bands: Rootless Cosmopolitans, The Lounge ...

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Lucien Dubuis Trio: Le Retour

Read "Le Retour" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Lucien Dubuis can blow it. Roman Nowka can pick it. Lionel Friedli can kick it. Le Retour, dig it. Difficult to describe but drawing inspiration from punk, funk, no wave and jazz, it is as if Parliament Funkadelic grew up downtown stripped of all their horns but one--but what a cool horn it is. Dubuis amazes with the deep growls and shrill over-blows he delivers from his alto sax but particularly from his bass and contra-bass clarinets. ...

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Lucien Dubuis: Le Retour

Read "Le Retour" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When jazz musicians were rocks stars... Wait, when rock stars were rock stars and not contestants for the next TV talent show, the music could be dangerous. But in these days when war is the new democracy, jazz stars are the new rock stars. Playing it safe is not the object for Lucian Dubuis' trio; its music is indeed dangerous.Le Retour is the follow-up to Tovorak (Tovorak Records, 2005), and it again rocks. Sure, Dubuis' primary instrument is ...

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Lucien Dubuis: Tovorak

Read "Tovorak" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Lucien Dubuis answers the musical question which Miles Davis' later bands always sought to resolve. Why can't jazz bands be entertaining like rock bands? Dubuis tackles that one on Tovorak while shaking you, sometimes violently.

Sure sure, jazzbos have injected punk attitude and funk into their music for some time. Think of early Ken Vandermark with Big Head Eddie, John Zorn and Marc Ribot's 1980s Knitting Factory work, and the Lounge Lizards. All shared rock sensibilities, their real ...


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