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Can you make demands upon pure improvisational music? The simple answer is no.
The more correct (and lengthy) response is to ask the same question of its listeners. What does one bring to the listening table? Does expectation and theory only dull the experience? The best approach (for many) is to consider the listening experience as meditation, and to open your ears to all possibilities.
The French improv band Triolid comes to most American ears with no expectations. This recording of clarinet, theremin/electronics, and bass is a mostly understated affair. Even with clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit’s screams of madness on “Falaises” are not overblown. The trio remains within themselves, and the moment. This is not so much a noisy affair as it is a reflective outing.
The combination of instruments, clarinet/theremin/bass is the feature here. Each has the possibilities to make ‘noise,’ none do. Duthoit, a classically trained musician, David Chiesa former rock bassist turned improv student, and Laurent Dailleau a full time theremin musician play a patient game of extended thoughtful lines.
Their meditations are ours.
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Personnel: Laurent Dailleau - Theremin, Computer; Isabelle Duthoit - Clarinet; David Chiesa - Bass.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.