Geraldine Laurent: Time Out TrioBy
The opening "Autumn Nocturne" displays an artist of creative conviction who phrases like a seasoned veteran. Laurent's biting tone and aggressive posturing brings to mind Sonny Rollins and all the liberties that the legendary reedman took with a piano-less trio.
Laurent proves herself unconstrained on a ballad like "I Fall In Love Too Easily" where her ideas flow freely, flirting with double-time, yet never losing sight of the tune's lyrical starting point. By contrast, Ornette Coleman's "Rejoicing" is a blistering workout that shows off the saxophonist's bebop foundation.
Zelnik and Bataille provide a solid foundation and more. Intuitively in step all the way through, the bassist and drummer swing hard and create intensity by pushing the boundaries of conventional time-keeping. The tempo-stretching on Wayne Shorter's "Lester Left Town" and Charles Mingus' "Fables of Faubus" has an organic effect. The latter features a powerful bass solo by Zelnik that recalls the incomparable spirit of Mingus.
Laurent leaves a strong impression throughout this recording. She is a unique voice with an abundance of fresh ideas. Time Out Trio is a disc worthy of multiple listens.
Autumn Nocturne; Lester Left Town; I Fall In Love Too Easily; Rejoicing; Skylark; Fables Of Faubus; A Quiet; Repeat; Tijuana Gift Shop; Love Letters.
Geraldine Laurent: alto saxophone; Yoni Zelnik: bass; Laurent Bataille: drums.
Title: Time Out Trio | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Dreyfus Records
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