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The French experimental jazz trio of Theo Ceccaldi (violin), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums, percussuions, zither) in a playful release of quick paced, creative improvisations in an album of exciting and somewhat off-kilter music; superbe!

In Love With (Ceccaldi / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq)
Axel Erotic

In Love With (Ceccaldi / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq): Axel Erotic (BeCoq)

Label: BeCoq    
Released in: France    

"Well, since we're dwelling in strange and absurd music, how about an avant-jazz record that will awe and confuse you? In Love With is a project by French drummer Sylvain Darrifourq, aided by the string instruments of Théo and Valentin Ceccaldi. The album is named Axel Erotic and it's a weird thing, but what would you expect from experimental jazz, something radio friendly? Forget about that. This will kill your radio...

Yes, experimental jazz, I guess many people will know what that means and I guess many people will know exactly what to expect: incoherent rhythms, non-conventional sounds and a nag to take everything to the absurd. Those expectations truly come true, even though the album opens quite friendly with an experimental modern classical piece. 'Bien Peigné En Toute Occasion' is probably the most listener friendly track here, and quite frankly also one of my favorites.

Yet, from then on, things become stranger. 'A Saveur De Très Beurre' nudges towards experimental and pretty dark ambient while 'Asil Guide' becomes utterly chaotic, certainly in the drums. 'Sexy Champagne' takes on a more gentle approach, a bit ambient-jazzy if you like. 'Les Flics De La Police' is a repetitive and polyrhythmic piece of experimental music, not really my cup of tea but not all records can be, right?

There are a few more songs to be discovered on this album, to be discovered by a seasoned jazz fan that is. I cannot imagine that any music lover will be able to appreciate this without the necessary foreknowledge of avant garde jazz music. But that doesn't mean it's a bad album. I quite enjoyed the weird and mesmerizing trip and the many surprising hooks and edges. Perhaps you can too, so check it out. At least it will be something you never heard before..."-Serge, Merchants of Air

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Product Information:

Label: BeCoq
Catalog ID: Be Coq18
Squidco Product Code: 21744

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in April 2015 by Mathieu Pion.


Valentin Ceccaldi-cello

Theo Ceccaldi-violin

Sylvain Darrifourcq-drums, percussuions, zither

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Track Listing:

1. Bien peigne en toute occasion 4:32

2. A saveur de tres beurre 4:09

3. Asil guide 4:50

4. Sexy champagne 2:32

5. Les flics de la police 7:37

6. Le bousier 2:07

7. Chauve et courtois 9:17