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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Michel Pilz & Jean-Noël Cognard - Binôme (Bloc Thyristors, 2011) ****

By Stef

Recorded in 1984, this issue on vinyl of a performance by German bass clarinetist Michel Pilz and French drummer Jean-Noël Cognard is everything my heart needs today, bringing raw but lyrical improvisations on two short album sides (really too short).

Both musicians are absolutely great to hear. Pilz's tone on the bass clarinet is excellent, and so are his improvisations. He did not release much under his own name, but performed amonst others with the Globe Unity Orchestra, Peter Kowald and Manfred Schoof.

I couldn't find much information on Jean-Noëlle Cognard, apart from the fact that he released several vinyl albums, and performs regularly. His drumming is excellent too, and especially on the second side, he really gets the chance to show his skills, during a polyrhythmic and captivating solo. 

Easy to recommend, although possibly hard to find, since printed in only 200 copies, but not yet sold out. So grab your chance!

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© stef


Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

I love the sound and the imagination of Michel Pilz.
There is another recent release from Michel Pilz.
"Michel Pilz - Bob Degen Quartet
Tilly`s Eyes" on Jazzhausmusik - a bit more in the mainstream but worth every penny!
The line-up is:
Michel Pilz - bcl
Bob Degen - p
Markus Schiefferdecker - b
Peter Perfido - dr

and one can get it here: