Apr 29 2015
Recommended: Vincent Courtois – “Mediums”
The 2012 recording from cellist Vincent Courtois is struck through with vivid imagery. Joined by frequent collaborators Daniel Erdmann and Robin Fincker, the pairing of their twin tenor saxophones and the cello of Courtois has the heart of a storyteller and the delivery of a filmmaker. The tale of Mediums is told with a pastiche of visions and ambiance.
The thick bank of harmonies on “Mounting” sets the scene with a stark beauty. The sprouting lines of melody on title-track “Mediums” is cut through with bisecting lines from cello, crosshatching effusive articulations with a scathing rebuttal.
The dissonant flutter & shriek of “Entresort” is balanced out by the alarming unease of “Une inquiétante disparition (part 1),” which calms itself by whistling a comforting melody, aided further by the soothing whisper of “Regards.”
The dust storm of “Jackson’s Catch” whips the melody about everywhere… an effect not unlike the competing conversations of “Une inquiétante disparition (part 2)” and how the overlapping lines of dialog create a cryptic, foreboding verse.
“Rita and the Mediums” begins disjointedly, but gradually gains momentum and cohesion, rising up like the sun over the horizon. This is bolstered by “La Femme Sans Corps” with its languid motion and off-the-cuff melodic delivery. It’s the deep quiet of the dead of night and the disquieting sounds that call out from the darkness.
The three-part “Bengal” suite goes about tangling the melody into a tight ball. Sometimes, when it reaches a confluence, the song emits the prettiest of sounds. The sweet sigh of “La Nuit des Monstres” takes that result to a greater extreme.
The album ends with “The Removal,” a tune that bobs peacefully on the surface of the water… its cadence hypnotic, its melody strangely alluring, and its note of finality immensely satisfying and one that aptly encapsulates this enchanting album
Your album personnel: Vincent Courtois (cello), Daniel Erdmann (tenor sax) and Robin Fincker (tenor sax).
Released in 2012 on La Buissonne.
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Music from Paris, France.
Jan 26 2020
Best of 2019 #35: Daniel Erdmann’s Velvet Revolution – “Won’t Put No Flag Out”
Daniel Erdmann expresses a peculiar melodic perspective, and yet, somehow, still crafts things in a way that is inviting and almost catchy in its way. One factor most responsible for overcoming any obstacles frequently encountered by unconventional music is Erdmann’s talent for giving curious melodies an anthemic quality. There is often the sense that these melodies are an attempt to speak to something communal shared by all people, a variable common to us all regardless of the algebra specific to our individual heartbeats and brain waves. This seems especially true of his 2019 release Won’t Put No Flag Out, with its roots in protest music and political activism. And the inherent strangeness of his music is given especially pleasing peculiarities with the Velvet Revolution‘s instrumental combination of tenor sax, strings and vibraphone. This is truly strange and beautiful music.
Your album personnel: Daniel Erdmann (tenor sax), Théo Ceccaldi (violin, viola) and Jim Hart (vibraphone).
Released on BMC Records.
Music from Berlin, Germany.
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By davesumner • Recap: Best of 2019 • 0 • Tags: Berlin, Best Jazz of 2019, BMC Records, Daniel Erdmann