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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Isabelle Cirla et Joël Trolonge - Le Retour Du Coelacanthe (Linoleum - 2013) ****

By Stef 

This album has been in my "draft" box for a while. I listened to it a lot. It is a great album. Isabelle Cirla on bass clarinet. Joël Trolonge on bass. I hesitated to review it, because it clearly is not free jazz, nor free music or even avant-garde. Yet it is relatively unique, with composed pieces and some improvisation. Is it even jazz? 

There is a lot to admire here. The quality of the compositions. The quality of the playing. The sensitivity.The precision. The depth. The purity. The atmosphere. The low sounds of bass clarinet and double bass. Yet it all sounds light and accessible. Welcoming back the ancient fish to this world. In a way, this music is also timeless.