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Dolf Mulder, Vital, no. 624, April 22, 2008

Quartetski Does Prokofiev is a jazz quartet. Bassist Pierre-Yves Martel arranged the Visions fugitives‚ of Prokofiev for a jazz quartet. Other members of this quartet are Gordon Allen (trumpet), Isaiah Ceccarelli (drums) and Philippe Lauzier (alto and soprano sax, bass clarinet). If I didn’t know, I could not have guessed that these compositions are by the hand of Prokofiev or any other composer from this era. This implies that the original music must be very suitable for being transposed to a modern jazz context, or that the arranger and the quartet are very creative in doing so. Probably both are true. In 18 short pieces — most of them about 3-4 minutes — the quartet explores and revives the originals that are even shorter. Prokofiev composed them during the Russian Revolution for piano. They remained at the stage of musical ideas, but prove to be very fitting starting points for improvisation for this very capable quartet.

… the original music must be very suitable for being transposed to a modern jazz context, or […] the arranger and the quartet are very creative in doing so.

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