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    Pierre Labbe “Risque et Pendule” [Actuelle]

    Six piece ensemble of Montreal McNuggets led by reedman Pierre
    Labbe. While this album has moments that fly like free jazz
    (stoking the Ornette Coleman stove on #7) and slices of the
    lead-off track, this album does toss a lot of proggy precision
    down the pipe as well. #6 is the zenith of the latter. Overall
    spidery cello and spiky violin keep the listeners on our toes
    with meticulously mapped stretches between the improv work.
    Toss in a lot of cuckoo clock percussion and you get an album
    that snaps into place more than it swings to and fro. Bernard
    Falaise (from Miriodor) knifes guitar through at key times,
    notably on “Bloops!!” Also on #3 he brings a sort of Masada
    coolness and on #8 his work against Labbe’s sax stairsteps
    up nicely in the bookend composed sections surrounding more
    free fire from Labbe. The more Falaise the better on this
    album for me and Labbe’s flute work is gusty and gutsy. The
    last piece is a gorgeous slow farewell to a largely skittish
    album. Several tracks go from spellbinding to sonically
    dispelled in seconds, it succeeds and fails in weird ways.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 2, 2004 at 4:05 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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