All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

369

Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips: While You Were Out

Kurt Gottschalk By

Sign in to view read count
Belgian vocalist Catherine Jauniaux is one the most underappreciated of a generation of free improv vocalists. Less a storyteller than Shelley Hirsch, more overtly musical than Phil Minton or Jaap Blonk, she falls somewhere between their spontaneous explorations and the avant art songs of Joan La Barbara. She has released only a handful of records with bands still loved by the few who recall (The Hat Shoes, Aksak Maboul and Vibraslaps, her duo with Ikue Mori) and is, perhaps, best known for her personal and professional relationship with the late Tom Cora.

She seems to be reestablishing her Downtown roots in recent years, making the trip from her home in France to play with Marc Ribot, Ned Rothenberg and others, and in November of 2008 brought Rothenberg (and his shakuhachi and multiple reeds) over to play New York's Instants Chavires with herself and American ex-pat bassist Barre Phillips.

The eight tracks here make for a great set of vignettes. Not the kind of short stories that rely on punch lines, but well-told, small but complete worlds. The three players swirl around each other endlessly, restlessly, each tastefully sitting out long passages, none relying on a single impetus for very long when they are playing, each constantly molding without smashing. It's a testament to how well they play together that it's so easy to not notice when configurations change. They make up a lovely hour together.

Track Listing: First Things First; Oh My!; Flashing Terncat; As Soon As; Whisper; Eyelet; While You Were Out; La Vida Es Sueño.

Personnel: Ned Rothenberg: clarinet, bass clarinet, shakuhachi, alto saxophone; Catherine Jauniaux: voice; Barre Phillips: bass.

Title: While You Were Out | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Kadima Collective

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
My Favourite Things
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

Related Articles

Read Seymour Reads The Constitution! CD/LP/Track Review
Seymour Reads The Constitution!
by Doug Collette
Published: May 23, 2018
Read Colours of Sound CD/LP/Track Review
Colours of Sound
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 23, 2018
Read A Blast From The Past CD/LP/Track Review
A Blast From The Past
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 23, 2018
Read Rhapsody CD/LP/Track Review
Rhapsody
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2018
Read You're Driving Me Crazy CD/LP/Track Review
You're Driving Me Crazy
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 23, 2018
Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 22, 2018
Read "Butterfly" CD/LP/Track Review Butterfly
by Chris May
Published: April 8, 2018
Read "Parrots Paradise" CD/LP/Track Review Parrots Paradise
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 8, 2017
Read "Asteroidea" CD/LP/Track Review Asteroidea
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 4, 2017
Read "Strange Circles" CD/LP/Track Review Strange Circles
by Daniel Marx
Published: August 8, 2017
Read "Apocalypse Live" CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse Live
by Martin Longley
Published: July 13, 2017
Read "e.s.t. live in london" CD/LP/Track Review e.s.t. live in london
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 1, 2018