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Review

BLG, Downtown Music Gallery, December 8, 2006

This disc was recorded live over three nights and later reworked in a studio. I’ve caught Lori Freedman some half dozen times of the past few years, playing solo, in duos and doing improv, at Victo, Guelph and also at the Vision Fest. She is an excellent musician, her solo set at Guelph in 2005 was one of the best sets that year. For this fine release, Lori works with three different trios of Quebec’s finest players, each trio quite different in sound. The first trio features our friend René Lussier on guitars and Martin Tétreault on turntables, often without records. There is an odd balance between Rene’s diverse and ever-changing guitar approaches and Martin’s electronic-sounding turntables manipulations. Lori is in the middle, twisting her clarinets into a variety of odd shapes and sounds. At times I am reminded of Zorn’s cartoon music, always changing and using that sly humor behind the unexpected twists and turns. The trio with Jean Derome on sax & objects and Rainer Wiens on prepared guitar is also a strange one. As Rainer plays Frith-like quiet guitar soundscapes, Jean plays his charming, fractured early Zorn-like mouthpiece manipulations. Lori is a good match, also bending her notes a similar way and blending perfectly with her two gifted partners. The third trio features Nicolas Caloia on double bass & Danielle Roger on percussion. I am unfamiliar with Nicolas but I do know Danielle from different disc on AM, as well as seeing her in a duo with Frith last year in Montréal. This trio is the most minimal, slowly weaving their sounds cautiously around one another. Some of these pieces were reworked in the studio, here we find Lori’s snake-like clarinet panning around in the mix, often closely mic’d with careful attention to each sound. This is quite a strong batch of trio improvisations that work together well as a whole connected work.

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This is quite a strong batch of trio improvisations…

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