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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.

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