Michel Edelin: flute, alto flute alto, bass flute | Jacques Di Donato: bass clarinet, soprano saxophone | Jean-Jacques Avenel: double bass | Simon Goubert: drums
Recorded by Laurent Codoul on May 26th and 27th 2011 at La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France. Mixing and mastering: Laurent Codoul. Liner notes: Bernard Aimé. Photographs: Michel Vonlanthen. Cover design: Max Schoendorff. Cover realization: David Bourguignon. Producer: Michel Dorbon
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Tracklist: 1. Simon’s Bubbles (4:53) 2. Danse avec l’Ours (4:49) 3. Old and Beautiful Story (6:45) 4. Tristezza Della Diva (4:10) 5. Le Chat et la Souris (2:00) 6. Errance Carminée (6:18) 7. Jet Lag (5:50) 8. Tales of Seven Lizards (5:09) 9. Bailes de Tango (4:25) 10. Witches (4:18) 11. Black Snow (4:01)
Here is a group that is not mere circumstance
a group that has a sense of durability! Eighteen years after an already accomplished first recording**, the four musicians show in any case that the disorganized effects of commercial culture have no influence on an artistic desire newly reaffirmed in this gushing Resurgence, leaving eleven themes/sources drifting on its unique current linked in a distanced aesthetic which does not challenge the history of jazz but is known to be gaily unsubdued by current trends and to codes which guide a certain “European jazz”.
Here, the accent is put on the song, on melodic fluidity and rhythmic scansion, on the exactness of the narrative architecture, and one always keeps a respectful distance with large lyrical effusions and the emphatic expression of emotions. Michel Edelin, Jacques Di Donato, Jean-Jacques Avenel et Simon Goubert know how to calculate their phrases, sometimes as far as ellipse, they know how to delicately retie them, to proceed by allusions, sudden cuts, amused ruptures, leaps, tensions, parenthesis. One reaches an instant plenitude (“A line, a few summary vibrations, and everything becomes clear“, as Mallarme~ wrote) irresistibly seductive while, paradoxically, the improvisations flee the affected poetic-style and take a malicious pleasure in thwarting the discourse which, by the rhythm and range would ring too pure, too beautiful.
This musical matter is easily readable, also consistent and surprising in the limpidity of its certitudes, as if the four musicians were offering the listener the pleasures of smart intelligence and lending him what is necessary to enjoy it. Setting into movement the dormant water of this Resurgence amplifying this movement as far as its necessary flashes and penetrating explosions: this first of all requires an irreproachable text (Michel Edelin’s compositions, open forms indicating multiple directions), a large rhythmic freedom (keeping however a clearly admitted permanent pulsation) but more an open spirit and keen alertness of improvisers to serve a common project without abandoning as far as possible a part of their (strong) personality. So much so that one can hear to their best the flutist, the clarinetist/saxophonist, the double bassist and the drummer, so to say individually and collectively in this coincidence where the most expressive symptoms of sincerity naturally adjust themselves, in this prodigious fusion noted by Andre Hodeir to specify this music, where “the intensity of the moment and the depth of meditation” indicates “Jazz’s most beautiful claim to fame“. — Bernard Aime (Translation Marie Alleyrat)
* Deblocage d’Emergence, recorded live on April 1995 at Tours, at Le Petit Faucheux, and released on the label AA.
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