Recommended: Christophe Panzani – “Les Ames Perdues”


christophe-panzani-les-ames-perduesThe music of Les Âmes Perdues is restrained in tone and temperament, but each note beats with a heart that means it, and resonates like the rising sun.  Tenor saxophonist Christophe Panzani took a little road trip to seven houses of seven pianists and recorded seven songs, one with each.

“Sisyphe” with Edouard Ferlet has the two darting circles around one another.  With Leonardo Montana, “Endless Wars” has the simmering intensity of an approaching storm.  On “Die Grunen Bohnen,” Laia Genc doesn’t develop the melody so much as bring it to a sudden full bloom.

The undercurrent of tension on “Le jardin aux sentiers qui bifurquent” with Dan Tepfer and “Le Reve d’Icare” with Yonathan Avishai are individual lessons that the final, comforting words “good night” are sometimes followed by uneasy dreams.  But when it’s all said and done, this is an album where peacefulness wins out in the end, as both “Etrangement Calme” with Tony Paeleman and “Traduire Eschyle” with Guillaume Poncelet go about proving with infusions of pure tranquility.

Simply a beautiful album.

Your album personnel:  Christophe Panzani (tenor sax) and Yonathan Avishai, Edouard Ferlet, Laia Genc, Leonardo Montana, Tony Paeleman, Guillaume Poncelet and Dan Tepfer (piano).

Released on Jazz & People.

Listen to another album track at the label’s Bandcamp page.

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