Derome’s duo album with Joane Hétu is also suffused with playful elements, especially Jonquille. In which a list of single words is recited to charming rhythmic effect. Mostly however the duo explores abstract improv. Hétu’s wordless vocals (and occasional,alto sax) rising expressively against Derome’s alto sax and numerous small wind instruments. Use of the latter lends the improvising a refreshing anti-virtuosic feel, where technical polish is abandoned for a more rough and ready celebration of unusual sound creation. L’étrier typifies the physical thrill of extreme sounds in extraordinary juxtapositions. Fans of Phil Minton and Doger Turner’s duo will welcome this equally adventurous Canadian pair with wide open minds.