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Fish, The
Live at Olympic Cafe & Jazz a Mulhouse [2 CDs]

Fish, The: Live at Olympic Cafe & Jazz a Mulhouse [2 CDs] (Ayler)
Label: Ayler    
Released in: Sweden    

Saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet has released albums on Creative Sources, Matchless, Herbal and Fargone, a member of Hoop Whoop and has performed with Erres, Schams, and has released a series of pieces entitled "Synapses" with hurdy-gurdy player Eric Cordier; he is also noted as a sound sculptor working in the electro-acoustic compositional field, including work with Eric La Casa on A Bruit Secret. Bassist Benjamin Duboc has also recorded on Creative Sources along with percussionist Edward Perraud (etau, CS 64); he is an active player in the European free jazz and improvised music scenes with releases on Marge, Amor Fati and Le Petit Label. Edward Perraud has recorded on Matchless and CIMP, and is also a member of Hoop Whoop. The Fish presents 3 extended live compositions of this trio at the Olympic Cafe in Paris and the Mulhouse Jazz Festival in France.

"Jean-Luc Guionnet is an elusive figure. A Parisian artist active in many fields (music, visual arts, cinema), he has mostly worked in electro-acoustics but also has a career in free improvisation, playing alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, church organ, and piano. He has collaborated with Éric La Casa, Éric Cordier, and André Almuro on tape music. His main free improv and jazz projects include Hubbub, Schams, Return of the New Thing, and the Joe Rosenberg quintet.

Guionnet made scientific studies before shifting to fine arts. He studied musique concrete under Iannis Xenakis and Michel Zbar, but also pursued studies in philosophy (esthetics) with Geneviève Clancy. His first works date from the late '80s and are mostly collaborations with filmmaker André Almuro (some have been issued by Ground Fault). Then came a lasting partnership with electro-acousticians Éric Cordier and Éric La Casa. Together they wrote the series "Afflux." Guionnet also produces the Ateliers de Création Radiophoniques ("creative radio workshops") for France Culture. His eclecticism has kept him at bay of recognition -- because to the eye of the press it strips him from some credibility and because running careers in philosophy (he was co-director for the review Terre des Signes from 1993 to 1996), painting (he exhibited from 1992 to 1997), and music simultaneously tends to be time-consuming.

The release of an eponymous CD by Dan Warburton's free jazz quartet Return of the New Thing in 1999 on the respected label Leo Records introduced Guionnet to a wider audience. Since then his activities as an improviser have constantly stretched toward the fringes of experimentalism. His participation in the French-Swiss group Hubbub and his duo with guitarist Olivier Benoit (&Un, 2002) follow the school of Berlin reductionism."

-All Music, François Couture (

"Benjamin Duboc is a very strong voice on double bass, born 1969, studied with JF Jenny-Clark & Bernard Cazauran, and has played with many great musicians (as Ernest Dawkins, Bertrand Denzler, Roy Campbell, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sabir Mateen, Byard Lancaster, Daniel Erdmann, Abdelahaï Bennani, Michel Doneda, Daunik Lazro, Sunny Murray, John Betsch...). And also with Henry Grimes for a great duet in Paris. He leads the "Nuts" quintet with Itaru Oki & Rasul Siddik on trumpets, & Makoto Sato & Didier Lasserre on drums. He plays in "The fish" with Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto sax & Edward Perraud on drums (double cd on Ayler Records) and Rocks in the Sea with Mario Rechtern, Eric Zinman and Didier Lasserre. Benjamin has a beautiful and big sound, you really feel the ground while hearing him... it's somethin' ! He also is recorded on Amor Fati, Futura Marge, Creative sources, le petit label, sansbruit."

-Benjamin Duboc Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 7320470068298

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-008
Squidco Product Code: 8648

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Sweden
Packaging: 2 CDs in a digipak
Recorded live at Olympic Café Paris, France, December 2, 2005 (disc 1) and Jazz à Mulhouse France, August 26, 2006 (disc 2).


Jean Luc Guionnet-alto sax

Benjamin Duboc-bass

Edward Perraud-drums

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Track Listing:

Disc 008 - Olympic Café

1. Heleginus 38:00

2. Gracilus 36:20

Total time: 74:20

Disc 057 - Mulhouse

1. Aprion 41:17

Total time: 41:17

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