Charles, Xavier / Bertrand Denzler / Jean-Sˇbastien Mariage / Matthieu Werchowski
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs015
Squidco Product Code: 4452
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on May 25th, 2003, in Metz, France.
Xavier Charles clarinet
Bertrand Denzler saxophones
Jean-Sebastien Mariage electric guitar
Matthieu Werchowski violin
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1 Metz 32:18
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European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Metz is derived from what I take to have been a May 2003 live performance by this quartet of French improvisers on clarinet (Charles), saxophones (Denzler), electric guitar (Mariage), and violin (Werchowski). Over the course of a single 32-minute track, the group elaborates a restless concordance from the ebb and flow of its members' contributions of breathy exhalations, microtonal burrs, tinkling from below the guitar bridge, amplified explosions, ligneous cracks, and other products of extended instrumental techniques - plus the occasional descent into silence. At times the playing falls into passages of post-reductionist agitation of little variance, but in general the ingenious shifts in grain and texture, and the close co-operation displayed by the group, make this a good instance of collective improvisation in an advanced, if sometimes quite dense, style. The relatively short running time of the disc may cause a few raised eyebrows, but Metz is no less interesting and enjoyable than discs twice its length - and no-one involved in its release will make more than the most derisory sum of money from it - so why worry?"-Wayne Spencer (Paris Transatlantic)
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