Label : JUST // Jazz // 2002-06-25
Alto saxophonist François Carrier has put together a compelling group
of original compositions for this studio meeting with pianist Uri Caine, bassist Pierre Côté, and drummer Michel Lambert.
The intriguing opener, "Karuna," never follows a predictable path,
always conveying an air of mystery in a blend of post-bop and
avant-garde. Lambert introduces "Entrance 3" with a furious solo, with a delayed entrance by Carrier and Caine
playing in unison in a insistent military cadence before the piece
takes flight into pure improvisation. Both "Enfants de Ciel" (with
Carrier strongly suggesting the influence of John Coltrane)
and "Jeu" (built upon a series of strident exchanges between the
musicians) were improvised on the spot. The title of the tense "As
Crazy As" may suggests schizophrenia, but the quartet's seeming chaos
has a method to its madness. This is superb music by advanced musicians
who refuse to settle for the status quo.
|04||Enfants Du Ciel||9:12|
|08||As Crazy As||5:51|