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Scott Fields Ensemble: Barclay

Read "Barclay" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Scott Fields' distinctive approach to composition marches to the next level on this third installment of the “Beckett Trilogy," where he uses additional Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) plays as an inspiration for these three extended works, based on the novelist's text/plots.

The ensemble seemingly weaves some of Beckett's black comedy and humor into ...

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Marc Ducret - Joëlle Léandre: Chez Hélène

Read "Chez Hélène" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The audience in attendance at the 19PaulFort venue in Paris, France must have been spellbound after witnessing these prolific and highly influential improvisers wield their magic. As leaders and collaborators bassist Joëlle Léandre and guitarist Marc Ducret have pretty much done it all over the years, evidenced by their extensive discographies. Here, the bassist is a ...

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David Chevallier - Valentin Ceccaldi: Zebres

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These two laudable French improvisers share their collective imaginations with the willing listener via these capacious works that include numerous trade-offs, mimicking lines and fastidious dialogues, occasionally intersected by nouveau chamber motifs. Essentially, the musicians are all over the map with a strong focus and a wealth of interesting propositions.

The duo seemingly ...

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Christophe Monniot & Le Grand Orchestre du Tricot: Jericho Sinfonia

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Prize-winning French composer / saxophonist Christophe Monniot and Le Grande Orchestra du Tricot impart the element of surprise on this rapidly moving endeavor that includes spoken word dialogues at various intervals throughout the program. However, all the text is presented in French on the CD package, and the same is true for the spoken word narratives. ...

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Daunik Lazro: Garden(s)

Read "Garden(s)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This progressive French trio features musicians who have respectively been at the forefront of Euro improvisational circles, partaking in numerous small and large ensemble formats. The synergy and inventive concepts many of us would anticipate is wholly inherent here, as the band covers Duke Ellington, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane bordering three group composed pieces “Garden(s) ...

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Daniel - Galichet - Metzger: Killing Spree

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Saxophonist Matthieu Metzger extends his multi-tracked applications and concepts, evidenced on Self Cooking (Ayler, 2012) with this aggressive trio format, steeped in punk jazz, free jazz, metal jazz and progressive rock. Hold on to your seats as they say because these folks will knock your socks off with a consortium of high-velocity, in-your-face metrics and astute ...

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Giovanni di Domenico - Alexandra Grimal: Chergui

Read "Chergui" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These duets by like-minded improvisers, Giovanni di Domenico (piano) and Alexandra Grimal (saxophones) were recorded over two-nights at a Paris theater, radiating classical recital hall-like sonic characteristics. Overall, these two-discs spotlight the artists' symmetrical encounters and intuitive dialogues, spanning core improvisational aspects, nouveau classical applications and jazzy choruses. Nonetheless, the musicians dig deep while interrogating each ...

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Marc Ducret: Tower-Bridge

Read "Tower-Bridge" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Nell'arco del triennio 2011-2013 il repertorio del progetto di Marc Ducret denominato Tower ha visto come interpreti un quintetto franco-danese (Vol. 1), un quartetto franco-americano (Vol. 2), un sestetto francese (Vol. 3), e un solo di chitarra acustica ( Vol. 4). Il quinto capitolo di questa avventura riunisce in un ensemble di dodici elementi tutti i ...

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Théo Ceccaldi / Roberto Negro / Valentin Ceccaldi / Adrien Chennebault: La Scala

Read "La Scala" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

La Scala (the ladder or stairway in Italian} was a theatrical production that bore this atypical chamber ensemble featuring French pianist Roberto Negro, brothers Théo Ceccaldi on violin and viola with Valentin Ceccaldi on cello and percussionist Adrien Chennebaut. The idea, like the play's title, was to find a musical equivalent to the concept of ascension. ...

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Joëlle Léandre & Pascal Contet: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Like a conversation between old comrades, not much needs to be said in order to make perfect sense. The implied, fleeting body moves, facial expressions can direct the course of the interaction and charge it with emotional depth, tension or colorful cinematic narratives. 3 the third recorded collaboration between French double bass master Joëlle Léandre and ...