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    Leroux, Sylvain – “Quatuor Creole” – [Engine Studios]

    A Quebecois and his quartet…operating in a jazz space
    neighboring Kahil El’Zabar’s rituals and rhythms. As
    El’Zabar often had the mighty Malachi Favors, Leroux
    often rests his composition on the sturdy backbone of
    Matt Pavolka’s bass. Check out his playing on “Notis”
    balanced by smooth conga shuffling by Sergo Decius. Leroux
    is an interesting cat, drawing inspiration from Thelonoius
    (“Monk in Paradise”) and the Fulani people of West
    Africa. Evidently Leroux went to Gambia and studied
    the Fule. That flute adds a hint of raspiness to
    this album, check out “La Message” where Leroux also
    gasps out falsetto phrases between the notes. Excellent!
    Other highlights are the opening and closing tracks
    where Leroux works a strung-gourd called the Dozon
    Ngoni getting a great buzz and bounce that the band
    amplifies. They create a feeling of buoyant clairvoyance.
    Tellingly, on those tracks Karl Berger bypasses the
    piano to tinkle in vibes. “Fantancolo” offers similar
    serenity. “Fantaisie Creole” is an old school “mash-up”
    not mp3 melding, but the quartet taking two recipes
    stirred into one gumbo. It is the one track cracking
    10 minutes, and clearly has the most evolution going on
    it. KFJC often hits a lot of “exorcist jazz” (and I dig
    the fire music) but this release is all about the cool.
    Pace, playing and instrumentation flow gentle as a river
    in the afternoon sun.
    Thurston Hunger
  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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