Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Jeff Dayton-Johnson
Pianist Guillaume de Chassy insists that Silences is inspired by the example of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre's late-1950s trio recordings. To be sure, like those records, this album is marked by intimacy and introspection, a strong clarinet sound and no drummer. But Silences, recorded at a French abbey, doesn't sound much like Giuffre's records - nor indeed, like much of jazz, at first blush.
It's not at first clear just what this piano-clarinet-bass formation is up to. The helpfully titled "Birth of a Trio" provides clues. It shows just how much this music shares with jazz - improvisation, first of all; and empathy, the musicians listening closely to each other, as for example when de Chassy's piano sidles up to Thomas Savy's soaring clarinet. "Trio" also demonstrates what's classical about the record: its language and grammar. Savy's clarinet is pure Mozart, clean and free of vibrato or the blues. ... read more...
Personnel: Guillaume de Chassy (piano); Thomas Savy (clarinet); Arnault Cuisinier (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Philippe Tessier.
Liner Note Authors: Guillaume de Chassy; Abbaye De Noirlac.
Recording information: Abbaye de Noirlac, France (10/2011).
Photographers: Fred Thomas ; Thomas Savy; Mohamed Gastli.