6

Francois Carrier: The Joy of Being

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
Canadian reedman Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert enjoy a fertile alliance. They first met back in 1998, when they invited the great Dewey Redman to join them. Since then they've waxed no fewer than 12 discs either in duet or together with other guests and collaborators. On The Joy Of Being they team up with Polish bassist Rafal Mazur, for the second time after Unknowable (NotTwo, 2016), in a live date from the esteemed Alchemia Club in Krakow. Together they navigate through a program of six on-the-fly collective ventures in free jazz style.

Carrier's alto saxophone aerobatics reside at the heart of the recital. He displays remarkable command of expressive distortion, overblowing and deployment of harmonics. He's particularly adept at sliding between notes and rarely settles on a conventional tone. As might be expected given the length of their association Lambert's drumming, which is light, tappy and focussed on timbre and pitch, never overwhelms the discourse, in spite of occasional bursts of heavy but responsive accentuation. On the acoustic bass guitar (it looks like a guitar with an extended neck) Mazur's nimble woody pizzicato imparts momentum and maintains a busy constant counterpoint.

Finely tuned interplay predominates across each of the six cuts, which sound as if excerpted from a longer performance. The threesome upholds a spacious, transparent approach, in that everyone's contribution is clearly audible notwithstanding the near continual activity. The title track opens proceedings, establishing the template of conversational dialogue between Carrier's accomplished alto and limber loose bass and drums.

Towards the close Carrier varies his palette by introducing pinched squeaky toy sonorities on Chinese oboe, an effect which reappears on "Blissfulness" and "Mystery Of Creation." That apart, all three instruments explore a similar dynamic range, which makes the exceptions like the end of the latter number where Carrier pits his slow, near lyrical, alto lines to contrast with the chattering drums and bass, all the more notable.

Track Listing: The Joy of Being; Blissfulness; True Nature; Mystery of Creation; Omnipresent Beauty; Disappearance.

Personnel: Francois Carrier: alto saxophone; Chinese oboe; Rafal Mazur: acoustic bass guitar; Michel Lambert: drums.

Title: The Joy of Being | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Himalayan Beauty

Himalayan Beauty

Francois Carrier
Kathmandu

Album Reviews
Multiple Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Out Of Silence

Out Of Silence

FMR Records
2017

buy
OUTgoing

OUTgoing

FMR-Records
2017

buy
The Joy of Being

The Joy of Being

NoBusiness Records
2017

buy
The Joy of Being

The Joy of Being

NoBusiness Records
2016

buy
OUTgoing

OUTgoing

FMR Records
2016

buy

Related Articles

Read Down & Dirty Album Reviews
Down & Dirty
By Jack Bowers
July 21, 2019
Read Sublunary Minds Album Reviews
Sublunary Minds
By Troy Dostert
July 21, 2019
Read Peace Planet & Box of Light Album Reviews
Peace Planet & Box of Light
By Don Phipps
July 21, 2019
Read Hyperuranion Album Reviews
Hyperuranion
By Glenn Astarita
July 21, 2019
Read The Turning Album Reviews
The Turning
By Bruce Lindsay
July 20, 2019
Read Reveries and Revelations Album Reviews
Reveries and Revelations
By John Eyles
July 20, 2019
Read Live/Shapeshifter Album Reviews
Live/Shapeshifter
By Don Phipps
July 20, 2019