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Monday, April 24, 2017

CD Review: Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarely and Vincent Courtois - Asian Fields Variations .

Louis Sclavis (clarinets), Dominique Pifarely (violin), Vincent Courtois (cello).
(Review by Steve T).
What ECM do consistently well is mix Jazz with classical music and this is no exception, but rather than being Jazz with a hint of classical, it's more classical with a bit of Jazz, particularly on Asian Fields, with impressive solos on clarinet and violin, though this is by no means stronger than the rest of the album.
Arriving at Jazz through Black American Music, my interest in classical music is minimal, restricted to a few composers, though French composers are amongst my favourites, and generally an orchestra rather than a smaller ensemble. Clarinet, violin and cello suggests chamber music but Sclavis claims there's more to it than that and I tend to agree.
The three of them have played together as duos, a trio and part of larger ensembles since 1987. As a trio they re-launched in 2015 at the Vaulx Jazz Festival near Lyon, indicating that Jazz is viewed very differently on the continent as much as the eclecticism of Jazz Festivals nowadays.
The album is consistently good throughout, a view shared by my various passengers through its regulation three spins, but I doubt I'll pull it out again, which doesn't have to be a bad thing.
If this is how you like your Jazz, or for that matter your classical, it's been out since March.
Steve T.
Hugh's link (see comments).

2 comments :

Hugh said...

Nice review, Steve. IIRC, Lance gave me one of his CDs to review a few years ago - sounds in a similar vein. I was listening recently to last weeks "Jazz Now" on catch-up and in an interview John Etheridge made some interesting comments regarding the ECM sound. You can catch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08mdcj4 at about 59:30

Steve T said...

Thanks Hugh, I'll give it a listen. Number one wife may or may not let me go to see Etheridge with Soft Machine this sat (make no mistake, I'm the boss). Should be interesting with the recent death of another one time Softs guitarist Allan Holdsworth.
I've seen Etheridge doing Zappa, Django and Hendrix with Nigel Kennedy and classical with John Williams so he's pretty versatile.
Last time I saw another great British guitarist - Jim Mullen - he was less than complimentary about ECM.

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