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Navré Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms

Cet article est aussi inclus dans le coffret 1994-96 (AM 901).

Navré constitue la suite de Carnets de voyage, paru en novembre 1994. Il s’agit à nouveau d’une collection de pièces composées par Jean Derome dans ses petits cahiers spiralés, en train, en avion ou en camion lors de tournées. Comme tout voyage, on y retrouve une musique pleine de surprises, aux changements rapides et souvent inattendus, faite de rebondissements, de mouvements, et de vie. Chacune des huit pièces de l’album nous emmène dans un univers différent, nous fait passer rapidement d’un lieu, d’une ambiance, d’une émotion à une autre dans une exécution remarquable de vivacité.

«Les Dangereux Zhoms, c’est le mélange explosif de six personnalités musicales très contrastées, six couleurs qui se complètent d’une manière résolument vivante et vivifiante. Si j’avais moi-même la précision de Lussier, l’intensité de Cartier, la vitalité de Tanguay, la concentration de Dostaler et l’astuce de Walsh, je n’aurais pas eu le besoin de créer ce groupe. Chaque interprète prend une part active dans la composition en modifiant à tout moment le phrasé, les dynamiques, la forme, le choix de l’improvisation. Chaque pièce devient un jeu, qui comme une partie d’échecs, obéit à des règles bien précises tout en se renouvelant constamment. Mon travail de compositeur et de chef d’orchestre est de créer «un terrain d’entente» propice à l’avènement d’une chose très rare et très belle: la musique. Avis aux intéressés, le groupe est en fleur!» — Jean Derome

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Navré

Jean Derome et les Dangereux Zhoms

Jean Derome

La presse en parle

  • Stuart Broomer, Coda Magazine, no 275, 1 septembre 1997
  • David Krasnow, Option, no 73, 1 mars 1997
    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.
  • Milo Fine, Cadence, no 23:2, 1 février 1997
  • Quarta-feira, 8 janvier 1997
  • Claude Dornier, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique, no 5:1, 1 janvier 1997
  • Claude Dornier, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique, no 5:1, 1 janvier 1997
  • Rubberneck, no 23, 1 janvier 1996
    Group cohesion is outstanding, making light work of complex eclecticism. The more I hear it, the more I love it.

Review

Stuart Broomer, Coda Magazine, no 275, 1 septembre 1997

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.

Review

David Krasnow, Option, no 73, 1 mars 1997

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.

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.

Review

Quarta-feira, 8 janvier 1997

Review

Rubberneck, no 23, 1 janvier 1996

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.

Group cohesion is outstanding, making light work of complex eclecticism. The more I hear it, the more I love it.

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