Warning: mysql_query(): Unable to save result set in /home/websites/allaboutjazz.com/www/html/includes/functions_new.php on line 2391
Zoor: Volumes A + B
19

Zoor: Volumes A + B

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
Zoor is a French trio consisting of tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, electric guitarist Jean-Sébastien Mariage and drummer Antonin Gerbal. All three have considerable experience with other bands -Gerbal in the jazz trio Peeping Tom and the improv trio R Mutt, both with releases on Umlaut, of which Gerbal was a co-founder in 2009. Denzler is well known for his albums on Potlatch, notably his innovative solo sax record Tenor (Potlatch, 2010) and in the sax quartet Propagations (Potlatch, 2007); he has also recorded with Mariage for Creative Sources. But, prior to Zoor, Denzler and Mariage's main collaboration was in the long-standing (together since 1999) quintet Hubbub. That prolonged association means that Denzler and Mariage are used to playing together and so form the axis of Zoor.

Although this trio has been together since 2011 and they have gigged together regularly, Volumes A + B is their first album release. It consists of two extended pieces (the "Volume A" and "Volume B" of the title) which are about forty and thirty minutes long, respectively. Both were recorded live, the former in April 2013, the latter two months later. Denzler has spoken of the idea he had for Zoor as a trio which would play improvised music but without extended techniques. Refreshingly, in Zoor all three instruments are clearly discernible throughout, with no electronics, treatments or effects, thereby fulfilling Denzler's desire to use the "traditional" sound of each instrument.

With all three playing constantly, a dynamic tension is ever-present between them, with no-one soloing, taking the lead or dominating—truly, a very even music. The extended duration of the pieces is the key to their appeal and success; nothing here sounds rushed or forced and, when appropriate, notes are sustained or repeated for as long as needed. Frequently, a musician seems to be savoring the sound of their own instrument and the way it interacts and blends with the others; over repeated listenings, that is a pleasure the listener will also share. More volumes soon, s'il vous plait...

Track Listing: Volume A; Volume B.

Personnel: Bertrand Denzler: tenor saxophone ; Jean-Sébastien Mariage: electric guitar ; Antonin Gerbal: drums.

Title: Volumes A + B | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Umlaut Records

Tags

Watch

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.

Related Articles

Read Live at I.C.U.U. Album Reviews
Live at I.C.U.U.
By Karl Ackermann
June 16, 2019
Read 789 Miles Album Reviews
789 Miles
By David A. Orthmann
June 16, 2019
Read Follow Me Album Reviews
Follow Me
By Roger Farbey
June 16, 2019
Read You Get What You Give Album Reviews
You Get What You Give
By Ljubinko Zivkovic
June 16, 2019
Read Play The Bird And The Bee Album Reviews
Play The Bird And The Bee
By Dan Bilawsky
June 15, 2019
Read Appleblueseagreen Album Reviews
Appleblueseagreen
By Dan McClenaghan
June 15, 2019
Read The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings Album Reviews
The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings
By Doug Collette
June 15, 2019