Jan 31 2019
Artist: François Houle, Alexander Hawkins and Harris Eisenstadt
Album: You Have Options
Label: Songlines Recordings
Style: Ghost of jazz past
Favorite Track: “The Pitts”
Music from: Vancouver, Canada & Oxford, UK & Brooklyn, NY.
What I like about it: I like that this music has a tone that borders on haunting, and how its drifting presence gives it an ethereal feel. I like that way it echoes a more traditional sound of a bygone jazz era as the trio channels the music into something that is very present day. I like how a melodic perspective remains intact no matter how determinedly the trio pulls things apart into a mere resemblance of its first volley of notes. I like how the music possesses an innate peacefulness, even though the music becomes unsettled and agitated.
Your album personnel: François Houle (clarinet), Alexander Hawkins (piano) and Harris Eisenstadt (drums).
Available at: Amazon
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