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Francois Carrier

Alto saxophonist and improviser François Carrier is definitely going his own way. Carrier singular vision has led him to maintain a wide recorded presence all over the world. His rich, deep playing that blends lyricism with boldness and a sense of surpassing one’s self has earned him a place in the Annual International Critic’s Poll of El Intruso of El Intruso 2018, 2017 as well as 2015 and in the DownBeat’s 2013 Best Alto Sax Players List. In 2001 he won a Juno Award in the Best Contemporary Jazz Album category for his third album Compassion (Naxos Jazz). To date, François combines an impressive discography of over 35 internationally acclaimed albums with legendary musicians such as Paul Bley, Gary Peacock, Bobo Stenson, Tomasz Stanko, Uri Caine, Jason Moran, Dewey Redman, Mat Maneri, Sonny Greenwich, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Edwards, Steve Beresford, Rafal Mazur, etc

WIDE

Label: FMR Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Wide 23.07 2. Radiancy 09.44 3. Leeway 31.42

Japan Suite

Label: NoBusiness Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Uchi-soto (Inside Outside) 25:01 2. Kacho-fugetsu(Flower, bird, wind, moon) 14:26 3. Rakuyou(Falling leaves) 15:35 4. Ogose(Town Ogose) 08:30 5. Yuzu(Citron) 11:15 6. Kaze To Kumo Ni Noboru(Climb the wind and clouds) 03:27

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Francois Carrier: Japan Suite

Read "Japan Suite" reviewed by John Sharpe

Canadian alto saxophonist François Carrier frequently travels light. Even more so on this occasion as his regular peripatetic partner drummer Michel Lambert was not on board for a 2019 tour of Japan. This 78-minute album presents a first-time meeting with a group of Japanese improvisers, comprising bassist Daisuke Fuwa founder of the Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, with ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa

Read "Whit Dickey, Sara Serpa & Stanley J. Zappa" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This first July show features the debut of a new record label with a focus on improvisation: Tau Forms. The artistic director is drummer Whit Dickey, and it happens that his new Expanded Light is one of first two releases by the label; the other comes from pianist Matthew Shipp. Good luck to Tao Forms! I ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Jaromír Honzák Hard To Understand Animal Music 2020 The airy warm tones of “Francoise Truffaut" constitute an apt commencement for Czech double bassist Jaromír Honzák ...

Elements

Label: FMR Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. Elements 25.38; 2. Roar of Joy 05.21; 3. Wilderness 29.32

Nirguna

Label: Fundacja Słuchaj
Released: 2019
Track listing: Disk 1. 1. Saguna 37:43 2. Jivatma 13:16 Disk 2. 3. Paramatma 35:03 4. Nirguna 15:53


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