The debut of the duo between French free improvising guitarist and harmonica player Raymond Boni (known for his long-standing duo with Joe McPhee) and percussionist Didier Lasserre (Nuts, Snus, &c) in a set of beautifully paced dialogs, that includes a cover of "Nature Boy".
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Label: Improvising Beings
Catalog ID: ib48
Squidco Product Code: 23508
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Eclats, Bordeaux, France, on April 25th, 2015, by Loic Lachaize.
Raymond Boni-acoutsic guitar, harmonica
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1. Soft Eyes 8:23
2. And Mysteries 5:34
3. To Sweeten Our Souls 2:15
4. No Wonder If You Think 2:42
5. Tard Dans La Vie 3:28
6. I Am Singing One Of These Songs 2:48
7. Soubresauts 5:22
8. Nature Boy 5:06
9. Caduta 6:28
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"French master improvisers guitarist Raymond Boni and percussionist Didier Lasserre belong to different generations but share a common language. Boni comes from the first generation of French free jazz musicians and free improvisers, known for his collaborative work with Joe McPhee that began in the late seventies and continues until today. Lasserre is a generation younger, an autodidact who often works with poets, dancers and art exhibitions. Both op for an economic gestures, implying concise ideas rather than ornamenting these ideas; their improvisations stress a unique sense of playing with space and silence and, obviously, their set of duets and solo pieces is based on deep listening.
Soft Eyes, the duo debut recording, was recorded in Lasserre hometown, Bordeaux, on April 2015. The nine pieces highlight Boni and Lasserre rich, poetic language, often meditative and cryptic, deliberately avoiding predictable terrains. The duo can adopt a more intimate approach, yet an abstract one, when Boni plays the harmonica, enabling Lasserre to color his fleeting ideas, as on "And Mysteries" or on Boni solo recreation of Donald Ayler "I Am Singing One Of These Songs". The duo arrangement of the standard "Nature Boy" is one of the most imaginative that I have listened to. Such beauty is a rare thing."-Eyal Hareuveni
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"Didier Lasserre was born in Bordeaux, France, 1971. Started the drums at the age of sixteen, in order to live something else. After learning some drums rudiments in the local music school, he works essentially in autodidact, in order to find his own voice. Teaches drums and leads improvision workshop. Works with painting, poetry, dance, super8, photography. Has played through Europe, Russia, Argentina. Has recorded around 30 records (Amor fati, Dark Tree records, Ayler records, Improvising beings, No business records...)
BANDS: Solo (drums or percussion); "Ceremony" with Jean-Luc Cappozzo; "Ici en deux" with Michel Doneda; "Out !" with Jean-Luc Guionnet; "Soft Eyes" with Raymond Boni; "Hors ciel" with Beñat Achiary; "Twigs" with Thierry Waziniak; "Pourtant les cimes" with Daunik Lazro & Benjamin Duboc; "Noise Poetry" with Mathias Pontevia & David Chiesa; "The rich horn" with Paul Rogers & Jean-Luc Cappozzo; Trio with Jean-Luc Cappozzo & Daunik Lazro ( cd on Ayler records, 2017); Group4 with Jean-Luc Guionnet, David Chiesa & Lionel Marchetti); "Délivrance" (Cie Translation); "Ensemble UN" "-Didier Lasserre Website (http://didierlasserre.free.fr/main.php?lang=en&page=bio)
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"Influenced by musicians as diverse as Django Reinhardt and Cecil Taylor, French guitarist Raymond Boni has developed a unique and dazzling style derived from gypsy technique. After studying the piano and switching to the harmonica, Raymond Boni learned how to play the guitar with Gypsies living near his home. This empirical experience would leave a permanent imprint on Boni's approach to the instrument. In the early '60s, still a teenager, he decided to go study in London. Surrounded by a very diverse and creative musical environment, Boni decided to get serious about the guitar and to break from the musical framework of musical academia. Back in France, he settled in Paris where he was among the first French musicians to embrace free jazz and free improvisation. His first major collaboration was a long-lived duo he formed with guitarist Gérard Marais in 1973. In 1976, he joined the André Jaume/Gérard Siracusa duo and worked with saxophonist Claude Bernard. The latter was also responsible for allowing Boni to fulfill his ambition to compose for and perform with dancers.
In 1978, he started a long relationship with Joe McPhee, which produced some stellar albums such as Old Eyes & Mysteries and Oleo & a Future Retrospective and a tour in the U.S. and Canada (1985). In 1981, Boni moved to Marseille where he was not able to perform as often as in Paris. As an alternative, he focused on writing and diversified his projects. In 1982, he met dancer and choreographer Geneviève Sorin and started to compose music for her company. Raymond Boni also continued to foster some old partnerships while developing new ones with accomplished artists such as Les Mistrals with British improvisers Terry Day and Max Eastley. In the '90s, the guitarist worked extensively with musicians from younger generations, most notably Claude Tchamitchian and Eric Echampard. Boni also multiplied collaborations with artists having a background other than jazz but a bent for improvisation. Another worthy project is Boni's Family with Sorin and son Bastien Boni, which honors his Gypsy legacy and capitalizes on his talented household. In 2001, Boni reunited with McPhee for an album, Voices & Dreams, and several concerts in the U.S. and Europe."-All Music, Alain Drouot (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/raymond-boni-mn0000352490)
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