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Spring Roll: Episodes

Read "Episodes" reviewed by John Sharpe

French flautist Sylvaine Hélary's Spring Roll follow up their ambitious debut Printemps (Ayler, 2015) with another adventurous outing on Episodes. While the first disc incorporated words and voices, the twist this time is that Hélary commissioned works from three of New York City's finest composer-improvisers, pianists Matt Mitchell and Kris Davis, and saxophonist Dan Blake, to ...

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Dominique Pifarély Quartet: Tracé Provisoire

Read "Tracé Provisoire" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Dopo lo splendido lavoro in solo Time Before and Time After, Dominique Pifarély torna alla testa di un quartetto che vede schierati due suoi storici collaboratori quali sono Bruno Chevillon e François Merville accanto al pianista Antonin Rayon. La cifra è quella che da sempre caratterizza il violinista francese: un camerismo contemporaneo piuttosto astratto, marcatamente ritmico ...

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Dominique Pifarély Quartet: Tracé Provisoire

Read "Tracé Provisoire" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

French violinist Dominique Pifarély--last heard solo on Time Before And Time After (ECM, 2015)--leads a quartet into that uncharted territory between improvisation and composition. The quartet was founded in the spring of 2014, but the players had many associations before that. Pifarély and double bassist Bruno Chevillon have recorded together with clarinetist Louis Sclavis on Chine ...