Nov 14 2016
Recommended: Laurent Rochelle – “Les Amours Invisibles”
It’s not just that Les Amours Invisibles is an album woven from the fabric of gorgeous melodies and how harmonies pour across songs like morning light filling an empty room, but it’s the way that multi-instrumentalist Laurent Rochelle guides his own melodic development to that of his ensemble’s and how he fluctuates between melodic nuance and the confluence of a grand unity that marks this recording’s success. It’s not a process of construction, deconstruction and reconstruction… it is the way a flock of birds come together as a murmuration then break off again into their individual flight patterns… yet still are locked in with one another. It’s where the togetherness of individual expressions are still part of the united whole.
The string section is a huge uniting force, which has the additional effect of accentuating those moments when soloists break free and parallel its path and run the circumference of its borders. And when another ensemble member initiates a similar pattern switching between joins with Rochelle and communion with strings, then the effect is magnified dramatically. In that way Rochelle’s bass clarinet and Loïc Schild‘s marimba hypnotize through repetition on “Passages” and yet swim in the flow of the string section. And in that way that the electronic effects, violins, and the guitar of Denis Frâjerman generate a pulsing tempo on “Coda” that marries with Rochelle’s melodic sighs on soprano sax. And how Rochelle, switching over to piano on “Quelques notes de pluie sur un grand piano noir” moves between a role as defining the path ahead and becoming just another traveler within the melody. And it’s in the way that Rochelle modulates the dramatic surges so that the emotional discharge always comes off as sincere and not a gratuitous tug at the heartstrings.
It’s why this album can be so daringly beautiful and remain the genuine thing.
It’s why you should by this album.
Your album personnel: Laurent Rochelle (alto & soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, melodica, accordion, violin, Fender Rhodes, theremin, percussion, electronic effects & programming, voice), Nathalie Boullanger (violin), Marie-Florence Ricard (alto violin), Julianne Trémoulet (cello), Marie-Madeleine Mille (cello), Laurent Avizou (guitar), Denis Frâjerman (guitar), Edit Gergely, Alima Hamel, Audrey Durand (voices), Masako Ishimura (flute), Laurent Paris (percussion), Loïc Schild (drums, marimba) and Cédric Marcucci (drums).
Released in 2012 on Linoleum Records.
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jazz from the Toulouse, France scene.
Sep 3 2017
Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album: Erik Lindeborg – “Salonul Magic”
Sunday morning is when the serenity comes down. Sunday morning is the cocoon from the heavy exhaustion of too much Saturday night fun. Sunday morning is when the city agrees to use its inside voice. Sunday morning is when a hush settles in over the land. It is a time for sitting still and listening to quiet music and silently praying the aspirin and coffee do something to stop your head from exploding. Drama and stress are strictly forbidden on Sunday morning.
Your Sunday Morning Jazz Album is just for you, for times just like these. If you possess the freakish compulsion to get-up-and-go when the clock strikes Sunday morning, this music is not for you. Go and listen to a Spotify EDM playlist or something. But whatever you decide, just do it quietly and far away from those of us who appreciate the true solemn nature of a Sunday morning.
Erik Lindeborg has a habit of creating music perfectly suited for peaceful Sunday mornings, and no better example is to be had than his 2012 release Salonul Magic. The Stockholm-based pianist proved his talent at crafting captivating melodies on his 2010 trio session Time… an album that smouldered with tension, as if it could erupt at any moment. On Salonul Magic, the melodies and tone are more laid back and behave as folk tunes rather than Nordic jazz. It makes for a more personable recording, and allows for more of the melodic details to shine through.
Yes, “Part V” and “Part VIII” kick the temperature up a notch, but the heat is a fireplace warmth and conducive to a Sunday morning serenity. This, too, applies to the sunny blues of “Part VI,” and serves as a nice reminder of how the classic Red Garland Trio tranquility keeps inspiring new generations of jazz musicians. But the remainder of the album’s ten pieces develop with a comforting patience. Whether that’s triggered by the gorgeous bass arco passages from Niklas Wennström or the friendly chatter of percussionist Robert Mehmet Ikiz, it all leads to an atmosphere that looks to blend in with a morning sunrise and a quiet, solemn afternoon.
You need this album today, right now.
Released in 2012 on Stockholm Jazz Records.
Music from Stockholm, Sweden.
Available at: Amazon | eMusic
And here’s a video that shows the making of the album cover image. It features the art of Diana Butucariu and is accompanied by the album track “Part V.”
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