Like the Lounge Lizards, Derome and his crew are skillful handlers of both atmospheric and dynamics, grounding moody, meandering lead lines in steady, rocking rhythms… Finer group playing is hard to come by. — Option, USA
Group cohesion is outstanding, making light work of complex eclecticism. The more I hear it, the more I love it. — Rubberneck, UK
Navré is a sequel to Carnets de voyage, the previous Dangereux Zhoms outing, released in November 1994. It once again features a collection of pieces composed by Jean Derome, all written on his spiral notebooks while on tour. And as with any travel, the music found herein is full of surprises, rapid and unexpected changes, quick turns, movement, life! Each of the 8 pieces of this album takes us to a different universe, leads us quickly from one place, one atmosphere, one emotion to another, all with remarkable vivaciousness.
«Les Dangereux Zhoms is an explosive mix of 6 very different musical personalities, 6 colours which complete each other in a truly vivid and invigorating way. If I myself had Lussier’s precision, Cartier’s intensity, Tanguay’s vitality, Dostaler’s concentration and Walsh’s wit, I would not have had to create this group. Each interpreter takes an active part in the composition by modifying the phrasing, the dynamics, the shape and the choice of the improvisation at any moment. Each piece becomes a game. As in chess, it obeys specific rules and is constantly renewing itself. My job as composer and director is to create a common ground favourable to the birth of something very rare and very beautiful, namely, music. To all interested parties, the group is blossoming!» —Jean Derome.
This item is also included in the 1994-96 box set (AM 901).
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- AM 038
- UCC 771028103829
- Total duration: 58:09
- Jewel case
- 125 mm × 142 mm × 10 mm
- 100 g
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- Label: Ambiances Magnétiques
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- UCC 771028103881
- Total duration: 58:09
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Lussier serves as the major sideman
With Jean Derome’s sextet, Les Dangereux Zhoms, on Navré. This group, playing compositions by the leader, specializes in odd sounds. The opening notes of the first tune, Anchive, resemble the cacophony of various farm animals. Such sounds continue more or less throughout the piece being solos by the leader on altosaxophone and by bassist Pierre Cartier. The next selection begins with flatulent sounds which may or may not have an anti-Nazi meaning— because of the title, Munich —akin to that by Spike Jones on Der Fuehrer’s Face, a possibility reinforced by the title of the next composition, Train pour Nuremberg, which includes a brief but ironically poignant allusion to reveille. Animal and flatulent sounds recur throughtout this CD, especially on Casse-cou, which seems an exercise in goofiness.
Pantin evokes a Spanish feeling, while Lindau brings to mind Scottish music. The leader excels on the most traditional of his compositions. The shifting moods and tempos of the impressionistic and occasionally ruminative Navré remind me of some of Carla Bley’s compositions for the Liberation Orchestra in the late 1960s.
I applaud this group’s effort because Derome succeeds in creating new sounds. If I had to express reservation about this music, however, I would say that some of it does not seem entirely serious.
All the works on Navré, the second record from this Montréal sextet, were composed by saxophonist Derome during tours with a variety of groups. The influence of the road might show in his predilection for extended structures in which long, slow passages are interrupted by sudden bursts, like the bebop-ish head of Navré or the staccato drumming of “Toronto. “ Or maybe that’s the influence of John Lurie. Like the Lounge Lizards, Derome and his crew are skillful handlers of both atmospherics and dynamics, grounding moody, meandering lead lines in steady, rocking rhythms. They use rough textures—groaning “daxophone” on Anchive, the choked guitar comping on Train pour Nuremberg, the trombone’s growl on Navré—as counterpoints to eloquent melodic elements like the bright flute run on Casse-cou and the rollicking, R&B-flavored baritone sax of Train pour Nuremberg. Guitarist René Lussier, in particular, seems almost more inventive in the background than in the fore. Only Lindau seems derivative, edging towards lite jazz. It’s hard to tell on Navré what’s composition and what’s improvisation. Finer group playing is hard to come by.
Navré is quite another proposition. Jean Derome (reeds, flute & piccolo) is one of the leading figures on the Québec new music scene and his 6-piece reflects the varied interests of this scene—improv, avant-rock, free jazz, chamber composition, etc. Like L’Orkestre des pas perdus, Dangereux Zhoms have a nifty sense of humour, but deploy it in circumstances where greater freedom from composed strictures is encouraged. Any group which sports a daxophone must have a twinkle in its eye, though René Lussier’s exploits are less well known than Reichel’s. On Anchive the little beastie provides the perfect foil for Derome’s Ornettish alto. Train Pour Nuremberg cuts and thrusts between avant-rock and free jazz with shades of Henry Cow in Lussier’s guitar and Derome’s bassoon-like baritone exchanges. The themes (all by Derome) are suitably transparent and flexible enough to allow the improv to take hold and spread in many directions at once; Casse-Cou rations its effervescent tune to sudden outbursts, imaginatively spaced against the lugubrious colours of the improv. Group cohesion is outstanding making light work of complex eclecticism (akin to Curlew here); the other members are Pierre Cartier, Guillaume Dostaler, Pierre Tanguay and Torn Walsh The more I hear it, the more I love it.
- Gert Kounon, Border Zone Zero, June 1, 1998
- Gert-Ove Fridlund, March 1, 1997
- Henryk Palczewski, Informator “Ars” 2, no. 20, January 1, 1997
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 / Video
In this exclusive interview, Jean Derome talks about his group Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms. More
Friday, August 21, 2009 / Podcast
Sylvain Fortier presents the group Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms with selected excerpts from his releases Carnets de voyage, Navré and Torticolis. Part one of two. More