Tuesday, December 12, 2017

João Camões / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Jean-Marc Foussat - Autres Paysages (CLEAN FEED RECORDS 2017)

The years spent in Paris by Portuguese violist João Camões prove to be fruitful once again with this new CD, his third with French synthesist Jean-Marc Foussat (the first one was a trio with Claude Parle and the second one a duo). This time, their creative partnership involves one of the most amazing trumpeters active today, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, and it goes to its highest pick ever. “Autres Paysages” is an intriguing opus of electro-acoustic improvisation, combining aspects of contemporary classical and experimental music with all the weight of the history of jazz, very well known by Cappozzo – the only French trumpet player, that we know of, to be invited by Dizzy Gillespie to play with him in concert. The music is collective in its essence, and sometimes it’s difficult to identify who is playing what in the formed clouds of timbre and pitch or, as we read in the liner notes of the record, «who hides behind the universality of sound». Preparations and extended techniques are used in the playing of the acoustic instruments, changing their respective tones and confusing them with the sounds coming from the electronic devices. But it’s not always like that, and both the viola and the trumpet find space to marvel us with its chamber and jazzy qualities, supported by the pulses of a Synthi AKS. Few times abstract music was this moody, putting you in a dreamlike state, surrendered to the beauty of it all.

1. L'espace Qui Nous Sépare 21:17
2. Des Tes Yeux Aux Miens 15:20
3. Berceuse Pour Manuel 17:24