Joining noise rock and free jazz, the Louis Minus XVI quartet is fronted by two saxophonists--Adrien Douliez on alto and Jean Baptiste Rubin on tenor--with Maxime Petit on bass and Frederic L'homme on drums, in a balanced album of powerful and introspective compositions.
Louis Minus XVI
Released in: France
"It's unusual for a jazz quartet to feature a double-saxophone front-line; even more rare is the fact that Louis Minus XVI's Kindergarten isn't a straight-up, kick-out-the-jams collection of improv-driven blowouts. Instead, the four musicians involved work through complex arrangements that many times overturn convention.
Originating from Lille, France, Louis Minus XVI is described as a fusion quartet, fusion in this case referring to a melding of noise rock and free jazz. But while elements of both are present on the group's sophomore effort (its debut Birds And Bats appeared in 2011) and while one could be forgiven for thinking of Mat Gustafsson or Peter Brotzmann during the noisier episodes, saxophonists Adrien Douliez (alto), Jean-Baptiste Rubin (tenor), electric bassist Maxime Petit, and drummer Frederic L'homme offer more than five riffs on a singular theme."-textura.org
"[...] Louis Minus XVI is a band from Lille, France. Instruments used are drums, bass, alt sax and tenor sax. 'Kindergarten' is their second album, after 'Birds and Bats' in 2011. On this album, they present a number of compositions, five to be exact, and each one is as strange and unsettling as the previous one. Blending free jazz and noise rock, these guys have come up with something that might just be a massive blast live.
Opener 'La Marche' brings back memories of bands like Zu and Dead Neanderthals. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this song would be a blast when played live at a festival like Incubate. The constant repetitive pounding and harsh sounds of the whole even brought the phrase 'The Godflesh of jazz' to mind. That should give you some indication. 'More Friends' takes on a bit more of a jazz approach and is somewhat calmer that its predecessor. [...]"-Serge, Merchants of Air
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Recorded at the studio noize maker Billy Montigny from April 15-18, 2013 by Raphaelle Duquesnoy.
Except track one, recorded September 22, 2013 at mrmunchkin studio winterswijk Marlon Wolterink.
Adrien Douliez-alto saxophone
Jean Baptiste Rubin-tenor saxophone
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