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Review

Ron Davies, Splendid E-Zine, 27 février 2002

This Canadian trio’s offering is an intensely interesting jazz exploration of clarinetist Jimmie Giuffre’s catalog. Giuffre made his name in the sixties with “chamber jazz”, a style of highly improvisational jazz that draws heavily from neo-classical traditions in both instrumentation and tonality. The trio consists of Bernard Falaise (electric guitar), Normand Guilbeault (contrabass) and Robert Marcel Lepage (clarinet), and the six pieces included here find all three musicians providing pensive explorations of their instruments. Joue Free may be disturbing to some listeners — not so much due to the wild tempos and dissonant clashes of free jazz, as the bone-chilling clarinet runs provided by Lepage, and the shivering chords the members create together. The effect is much like staring into the depths of a placid lake and having a vague notion of the beasts populating its murky depths; there’s the sudden flash when you realize that one of them could rear out of the water and grab you at any moment, but you can’t help watching for a little bit longer. This may not be some people’s cup of tea, but I find it fascinating.

… an intensely interesting jazz exploration of clarinetist Jimmie Giuffre’s catalog

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