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Stabat Akish – “Stabat Akish” – [Tzadik]

An impressive French sextet led by bassist Maxime Delporte, who composed all the music here. It starts and ends with jazz, but hits many different areas along the way. Due to the somewhat abrupt changes of musical direction, the music sounds fresh all the way through–there is always something new coming up, but it all flows in an intelligent and creative manner. The band (bass, drums, reeds, marimba, keys) is tight and they sound like they enjoy playing this music together. I especially liked the fine keyboard work of Remi Leclerc on electric piano, organ, clavinet, mini-moog, etc.
All tracks instrumental except for some discussion in Japanese on #7 and some laughter on the dubstyle #11. Give this classy CD a spin and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face, as it did on mine.
Note: Tracks 9-13 make up the five-part “Brainstorm Suite” totaling 13 minutes, but they also sound good as separate short pieces.

  • Reviewed by Max Level on August 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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