136

Eddy Louiss: R

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Having developed his own devoted following in France, Eddy Louiss attains spurts of recognition within the United States on irregular bases, usually related to his stunning appearances on albums with better-recognized names like Stan Getz or Michel Petrucciani. Fresh from his once-again original work on the 1999 Dreyfus release, Sentimental Feeling, Louiss investigates tunes with more of a world-music attitude on Récit Proche— and as a result, amplifies the vocabulary of jazz organ.

Rather than approaching music from the traditional soul or funk sounds with which the instrument will forever be associated, Louiss invents instrumentation and unattempted organ phrasing and timbres that are not for the weak of heart. “Marilyn & Bronsky,” marching happily along with the beat of a street parade, emphasizes electric guitar over organ. The combined effect features the appeal of an uncomplicated melody allowing for offshooting improvisations. “Incertitudes” certainly can’t be compared to any previously existing jazz work, the unadorned and evocative blues guitar intro setting the stage for a tune that’s most akin to a drum-and-fife corps than a traditional jazz group.

Just when the listener is ready to expect the unexpected from Louiss, his group eases into “Au Soleil Avec Toi,” a gentle samba on which he plays piano and on which guitarist Ecay acoustically recalls the appeal of Brazilian music for its melodic irresistibility over subtle and complex harmonic shifts.

“Pour Toujours” combines funk persuasiveness with saxophone lines that emphasize danceability over offputting freer jazz sensibilities. And “Summertime” moves Louiss closer to his American antecedents of the B-3, even as a tick-tocking quarter-note beat chimes behind him with reverberative insistence, differentiating Louiss’ version from any other’s.

Eddy Louiss remains one of the most interesting organ players on the scene. He takes chances, some unthinkable by any other organ player, on almost every album. And he perceives music from an expansive perspective that’s entirely inclusive in its influences and unbound by tradition.

Track Listing: Pour Toi, Incertitudes, Marilyn & Bronsky, Au Soleil Avec Toi, Comment Dites-Vous, Pour Toujours, Summertime, R

Personnel: Eddy Louiss, organ; Daniel Huck, alto sax; Xavier Cobo, tenor sax, flute; Jean-Marie Ecay, guitar; Julio Rakotonanahary, bass; Paco S

| Record Label: Dreyfus Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970 to 1974" CD/LP/Track Review Celestial Blues: Cosmic, Political and Spiritual Jazz 1970...
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Flux" CD/LP/Track Review Flux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Henry" CD/LP/Track Review Henry
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "I Just Want to Get Paid!" CD/LP/Track Review I Just Want to Get Paid!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 15, 2016
Read "Crop Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Crop Circles
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 16, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!