Frans de Waard, Vital, no. 902, October 14, 2013

A solo CD by Philippe Lauzier, whose primary instrument is the bass clarinet. He hails from Montréal, where he recorded this CD between 2010 and 2012. He has had releases on &records and Ambiances Magnetiques. Seeing this on Schraum means that we are dealing here with music of an improvised nature. It’s however not a CD of twelve piece of improvised playing on that instrument and nothing else. Lauzier is an explores of all sorts of techniques, such as amplification, multi tracking four bass clarinets, ‘half-bass clarinet’ (whatever that is), ‘feedback with alto saxophone’ and ‘motorized bells’. Yet these twelve pieces here, spanning forty-four minutes, make an interesting homogenous thing. Each of the pieces has it’s own character and sound differently from the other pieces, but not too different to be entirely somewhere else. It has a fine flow, these pieces, variation all around, but not too different. A fine showcase of what is possible I guess using a single instruments, different techniques and many fine ideas. Not a surprise in terms of being something new, but of fine quality through out.

… of fine quality through out.