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François Carrier: All' Alba

Track List

>Karuna
>Entrance
>Lekh Leka
>Enfants du Ciel
>L'Etang
>Don't Mind / Jeu
>As Crazy As
>All' Alba

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (2/04, p.144) - "[A]nother unassuming yet incendiary blowing date, and cheers to that..."

Album Notes

Full performer name: Francois Carrier Trio/Uri Caine.

Francois Carrier Trio: Francois Carrier (alto saxophone); Pierre Cote (bass); Michel Lambert (drums).

Additional personnel: Uri Caine (piano).

Alto saxophonist François Carrier has put together a compelling group of original compositions for this studio meeting with pianist Uri Caine, bassist Pierre Côté, and drummer Michel Lambert. The intriguing opener, "Karuna," never follows a predictable path, always conveying an air of mystery in a blend of post-bop and avant-garde. Lambert introduces "Entrance 3" with a furious solo, with a delayed entrance by Carrier and Caine playing in unison in a insistent military cadence before the piece takes flight into pure improvisation. Both "Enfants de Ciel" (with Carrier strongly suggesting the influence of John Coltrane) and "Jeu" (built upon a series of strident exchanges between the musicians) were improvised on the spot. The title of the tense "As Crazy As" may suggests schizophrenia, but the quartet's seeming chaos has a method to its madness. This is superb music by advanced musicians who refuse to settle for the status quo. ~ Ken Dryden



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