Monday, April 25, 2016

nOx.3 - Nox Tape (2016)

Source & Label: Jazz Village

nOx.3 brings together three open-minded and individual personalities who are part of the new generation of musicians who want to make jazz a form of music with a definite contemporary connection. Always looking out for new musical trends, the saxophonist Rémi Fox, the pianist Matthieu Naulleau and the drummer Nicolas Fox are determined to join the jazz tradition which feeds off so-called classical music and popular music, playing with them both. Through their regular work with the sound engineer Valérian Langlais and their use of acoustic and electronic instruments (MOOG, SPD-SX, sensor bar), the three musicians produce a variety of original, inspired sounds together. Their identity derives from the connection between purely ‘noxian’ melodies and improvisations and beats from the contemporary electro scene (Amon Tobin, Flying Lotus, Dorian Concept, Nobukazu Takemura, Ryoji Ikeda, etc.).

The band was set up in 2013 by the saxophonist Rémi Fox as part of his ‘Artist and Performer’s Diploma’ at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. They recorded their first EP in April, 2014, with the sound engineer Valérian Langlais. This initial opus was applauded by the journalist Pascal Anquetil in Jazz Magazine: “The three musicians like to call their music free electro with improvisational tendencies that affects anyone with a pulse. It’s much better than they claim.  On this first, promising record, they deliver an intense, dense form of music punctuated by powerful, multiple rhythms and rich in harmonic surprises and hypnotic atmospheres. There’s no doubt about it, they’re a band to watch.”

After a string of concerts, they recorded their first album in March, 2015, at the La Buissonne studio with the sound engineers Gérard De Haro and Valérian Langlais. WAÏ NOX came out six months later on the label Collectif Loo.

That same year, nOx.3 was the prize-winning band at the RéZZo FOCAL springboard Jazz festival in Vienna, and this gave the musicians the chance to record a second album on the label JazzVillage / Harmonia Mundi and to have help distributing their work, as well as artistic and promotional support for a year. The trio recorded in Lausanne at the Studio du Flon with the sound engineer Greg Dubuis in November, 2015. True to their original intentions, the three musicians affirmed their choice to make contemporary, electronic music at this session, without forgetting their attachment to jazz and improvised music.

Expansion III
Mademoiselle Delay
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Rémi Fox, saxophones
Matthieu Naulleau, piano
Nicolas Fox, drums