Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

110

Vazytouille: Vazytouille

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Vazytouille is a sonic menagerie similar to experiencing Cirque du Soleil. This debut is envisioned by a large ensemble comprised of members from Zoone Libre, a collective of performance musicians, and other artists based in Lille, France. The typecast concept of a big band is a little misleading as the fourteen members represents smaller subsections like string quartet, rock trio and a cappella vocal, united into a larger format. Jazz is only a part of Vazytouille's catalog, as there are many styles swirling together in this mix of sumptuous writing and improvisation.

Combined, Vazytouille's eleven pieces might suggest a lively three-ringed circus with rotating acts—each different and elaborate—such as the entrancing "Du Jour," with its playful merry-go-round dance of vocals and instruments. In comparison, "Babiole" wears a cherubic mask that contains wildly inventive solo vocalizations before setting up the two-part "Masay Christo," with its boisterous horns, a soaring violin solo that builds tension like a flying trapeze, sparring keyboards and an up-tempo boogie rhythm. It finishes with a crunchy backbeat, psychedelic guitar and undulating flutes.

Individual moments are numerous throughout but it is the collective's strength that propels music such as the splendid "Titicaca," where the harmony is elevated by a compelling chorus of voices and music, and the abstract expressionism of "Si... Si...," which contains a procession of spontaneous noises leading into a militarized drum march. An arena filled with talent and imagination exists under Vazytouille's tent, two attributes put to good use on this extraordinary debut.

Track Listing: Du Jour; Orgiak Suite (part II); Orgiak Suite (part III); La Chute; Titicaca; Babiole; Masay Christo (part I); Masay Christo (part II); Dégel; Si... Si...; Bill.

Personnel: Audrey George: flute; Maryline Pruvost: flute; Nahisa Abdou: violin; Sureya Abdou: cello; Christian Pruvost: trumpet; Grazilly Moon: alto saxhorn; Michael Potter: saxhorn; Jeremiah Ternoy: piano; Sakina Abdou: saxophone; Vincent Debaets: saxophone; Jean-Louis Morais: guitar; Mathieu Millet: double bass; Bruno Kamalski: percussion; Charles Duytschaever: drums.

Title: Vazytouille | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Circum-Disc


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Music in the Room CD/LP/Track Review Music in the Room
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 10, 2017
Read Of Light and Shadows CD/LP/Track Review Of Light and Shadows
by Phillip Woolever
Published: December 9, 2017
Read Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven
by Doug Collette
Published: December 9, 2017
Read The Chicago Blues Box 2 CD/LP/Track Review The Chicago Blues Box 2
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 9, 2017
Read I Speilvendthet CD/LP/Track Review I Speilvendthet
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 9, 2017
Read Book Of Sound CD/LP/Track Review Book Of Sound
by Gareth Thompson
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Recorded Live in Lafayette" CD/LP/Track Review Recorded Live in Lafayette
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "In Transit" CD/LP/Track Review In Transit
by Kris Perdew
Published: November 2, 2017
Read "The Bug" CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "Alaya" CD/LP/Track Review Alaya
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 9, 2017
Read "Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk" CD/LP/Track Review Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 10, 2017

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!