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Louis Sclavis, Dominique Pifarely - Acoustic Quartet (1994)

23-08-2016, 14:15
Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Acoustic Quartet
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: ECM Records
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative
Quality: FLAC (log,tracks+cue)
Total Time: 01:01:45
Total Size: 297 Mb


01. Sensible 9:45
02. Bafouee 11:30
03. Abrupto 5:20
04. Elke 7:04
05. Hop! 5:46
06. Seconde 12:49
07. Beata 2:42
08. Rhinoceros 6:26

Louis Sclavis - clarinet, bass clarinet
Dominique Pifarely - violin
Marc Ducret - 6- and 12-string guitars
Bruno Chevillon - double-bass

After debuting with his quintet on Rouge, reedist Louis Sclavis returned to ECM with French jazz violin phenom Dominique Pifarely to front this trend-setting session. Joined by guitarist Marc Ducret and bassist Bruno Chevillon, the so-called Acoustic Quartet snaps right into action with “Sensible,” the first of four pieces by Sclavis. It is, like every track that follows, an astute blend of composed and improvisatory elements that pairs instruments cleverly and with panache. Pifarely and Chevillon work particularly well together here, and Ducret’s jangly asides make a nice match for Sclavis’s clarinet. Ducret provides notable glue in “Elke,” in which bass harmonics cut through the darkness like a whale song, and elicits some oud-like tones in the playful “Rhinoceros.”

Pifarely delights with a handful of his own compositions. Of these, the guitar-propelled romp of “Abrupto” speaks loudest. The violinist strings a Christmas tree’s worth of ornaments across its conical surface, practically toppling it into the cutting lead of “Hop!” where he lays out the album’s most astonishing solo against a crunchy bass. Not to be outdone, Sclavis dots his every i and lends brilliant inflection to a substantial monologue in “Seconde.” The group also shines in its cinematic rendition of Alain Gibert’s “Bafouee.” Its nods range from Django Reinhardt to klezmer, each stretched and refracted behind a veil of sparkling melancholy.--Tyran Grillo

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