Home » Jazz Articles » Album Review » Cartographie de rythmes #1: Vitesses Approchantes

4

Cartographie de rythmes #1: Vitesses Approchantes

By

Sign in to view read count
Cartographie de rythmes #1: Vitesses Approchantes
Composer Karl Naegelen has in effect rewritten the lyrics to the Jerome Kern jazz standard "I Won't Dance," changing the last line from "I won't dance, don't ask me/I won't dance, don't ask me/I won't dance, madame with you/My heart won't let my feet do things that they want to do," to the more relevant "The music won't let my feet do things they might want to do."

Not that there were lyrics written for the duo Cartographie de Rythmes' album Vitesses Approchantes, but the percussion sounds produced by Sylvain Darrifourcq and Toma Gouband create a disordered obfuscation. Kinda sort of. Think about a Steve Reich drumming project that purposely avoids synchronization. Darrifourcq and Gouband produce simple rhythmic patterns at different tempos making the sonic equivalent of the Jerry Lewis comic dance scene from the film The Nutty Professor (1963). Again, kinda sort of. Gouband's tools include stones, plants and traditional drum elements, and Darrifourcq focuses on the interactions between the machine and the body. The patterns the duo produces come together before splintering off onto uncoordinated paths. Just when the listener is attuned to a sequence it is scattered, leaving the ear unbalanced. The music is both frustrating and fascinating. Back to Kern, "And that's why/I won't dance/I won't dance/I won't dance, merci beaucoup."

Track Listing

Impacts; Vitesses Approchantes; Déphasage Circulaire; Minimal; Continuum.

Personnel

Karl Naegelen
composer / conductor

Album information

Title: Vitesses Approchantes | Year Released: 2022 | Record Label: Umlaut Records


Comments

Tags


For the Love of Jazz
Get the Jazz Near You newsletter All About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.

You Can Help
To expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.

More

Heaven On My Mind
Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet
Beatin' the Odds
Leigh Pilzer
Nimble Digits
Geoff Stradling

Popular

The Seagull's Serenade
Dominik Schürmann
Heartland Radio
Remy Le Boeuf’s Assembly of Shadows
Slow Water
Stephan Crump

Get more of a good thing!

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories, our special offers, and upcoming jazz events near you.