The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL





  American Express

© 2002-2016, Squidco LLC

Bassist Duboc's two part symphony with dual drummers and dual trumpeters is a journey that aims at the creative free improvisation of groups like the Art Ensemble, AACM, BAG, &c.

Nuts (Duboc / Siddik / Oki / Lasserre / Sato)
Symphony for Old and New Dimensions

Nuts (Duboc / Siddik / Oki / Lasserre / Sato): Symphony for Old and New Dimensions (Ayler)
Label: Ayler    
Released in: Sweden    

"When Benjamin Duboc gathered these four men around him, he knew he had to bring forth an underlying intuition - which has become his de facto philosophy, one would say his ideology - that the gathering, the very act of gathering individuals was the key of musicmaking today. Today, the dreary naughties, times typified by the endless recycling of worn-out concepts of fusion, cross-breeding of jazz and "world music" (whatever it is), odd revivals. A decade that went lost after the realization of a broader loss, that of the individual. There's no center anymore. It lies upon the musician to - do the job. More so than the energy to create won't be instillated by outside routines or the public's reaction: the public in 2009 is waiting for no one.

There's no center anymore, like we said: from the beginning, Benjamin Duboc's answer, his whole praxis has revolved around the notion of context. Context. A set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event. Let's not think in terms of "gig" or "session", as we are dealing with music, let's think in terms of "event". What's interesting is that a praxis built on parameters rather than definitions allows a shifting center, the music radiating from this center to reach its own boundaries, space- and time-wise, which it actually creates. Even the way we look at free jazz is blurred by jargon, clichés. In/Out. Shadow/Light. Rules/Freedom. Metaphors upon metaphors trying to describe the sound - there's a word for instance we read everywhere, "texture". The sound of free jazz is supposed to be "aggressive", "uneven", as opposed to the politeness and regularity implied by the historical relationship between free jazz and the previous jazz forms. What comes to mind are the "thick" "layers" of sound proponed by the continuous "flow" of improvisation.

NUTS doesn't produce this kind of music, doesn't produce anything that will help our ear to relate to such phraseology. Instead, NUTS rather aims at the improvising teams of the 70s': the AACM, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, BAG (no wonder the trumpet player is Rasul Siddik), NUTS is a playground of gathered individuals caught in the act of meeting each other. Live. Whatever "live" is: gigging, rehearsing, eating pizza together, that's the same. It is agreed in NUTS that the time devoted to make the acquaintance of the guy standing next to your shoulder on stage won't be devoted to create a definitory sound, an identifiable identity in music. We don't want to lose the individual in a transcendental experience of fusion: again, their performing music is contextualized.

The context is of course cultural in the first place. On hand we've got Benjamin Duboc, double bass player, born 1969 in France and Didier Lasserre, drummer, born 1971 in France. Mainstays of what appears to be a "French scene" as witnessed most notably at the Atelier Tampon-Ramier in Paris. Improvisers rather than jazzmen. Interest in Coltrane as well as John Cage. We've got Rasul Siddik, trumpet player, born 1949 in St. Louis. AACM. BAG. Played with Henry Threadgill, Julius Hemphill, Kalaparusha among others. Plays details like no other. Can also kill you with straight bebop. We've got Itaru Oki, trumpet player, born 1941 in Kobe. The "japanese Miles Davis" they said in the 60s'. Not false. Not true. Brought the sound of Shakuhachi and neat japanese engravings in jazz. We've got Makoto Sato, born in Japan too, cannot remember the date, who cares, still in his forties, is that OK? Stalwart of Marteau Rouge with Jean-François Pauvros. Has developed visually incredible gestures when attacking the drums, which also creates incredible rhythm. Context is also micro-tonal.

Take the moment and momentum; the time of day; the venue; the shirt one of them wore the day this here record was done; the psychologial and physical condition of the performers (history won't say if any of them felt his hemorrhoids too bad on that night - but that influes on a performance tons more than being born in Kobe or having listened to Ascension); the physical condition of the instrument. The weather. The meal. Discussions. Enough."-Julien Palomo

Read more about this item
The Squid
At The Squid's Ear!

See all items in the Ayler Records category

Related Categories of Interest:

Ayler Records

Improvised Music
2009 Top Sellers
Quintet Recordings
Objects and Home-made Instruments

Search for other titles on the Ayler label.

Other Recommended Releases:
Desprez / Duboc / Loutelier
(Dark Tree Records)
Cappozzo, Jean-Luc / Didier Lasserre
Ceremony's A Name For The Rich Horn [VINYL 10-inch EP]
Duboc, Benjamin
St. James Infirmary
(Improvising Beings)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
Double-Basse (Petit / Duboc)
This is Not Art
(Clean Feed)
Lazro, Daunik / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre
Sens Radiants
(Dark Tree Records)
Fish, The
Moon Fish
(Clean Feed)
Barno, Niklas / Joel Grip / Didier Lasserre
Can't Stop Snusing

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:
Trespass Trio
Bruder Beda
(Clean Feed)
Grimal, Alexandra
Warner, Henry P. / Earl Freeman / Philip Spigner
Freestyle Band
Lamb, Andrew / Tom Abbs / Michael Wimberly / Guillermo E. Brown
Rhapsody in Black
Sharp Trio, Elliott
(Clean Feed)
RED Trio + Nate Wooley
(Clean Feed)
Toral, Rafael / Davu Seru
Live in Minneapolis
(Clean Feed)
Kullhammar / Zetterberg / Aalberg
Basement Sessions Vol.1
(Clean Feed)
Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love)
(Clean Feed)
Mcphee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Brooklyn DNA
(Clean Feed)
Sao Paulo Underground (Featuring Rob Mazurek)
Tres Cabecas Loucuras
Bryan and the Haggards
Still Alive and Kickin' Down the Walls
(Hot Cup Records)
Wild Chamber Trio
10.000 Leaves
(Not Two Records)
Avram, Ana-Maria / Dumitrescu, Iancu
Live in London (I)
(Edition Modern)
Lazro, Daunik
Mockuno NuClear
Drop It
Gayle, Charles
(Northern Spy)
Golia / Phillips / Leandre / Turetzky / Mezzacappa
The Ethnic Project
Price: $16.95
In Stock


Shipping Weight: 5.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Product Information:

UPC: 7320470068373

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-097
Squidco Product Code: 12063

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Le Carré Bleu, Poitiers, France on February 5, 2009.


Benjamin Duboc-bass

Rasul Siddik-trumpet, flugelhorn, seeds, objects

Itaru Oki-trumpet, flugelhorn, flutes, tubes

Didier Lasserre-drums

Makoto Sato-drums

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search

Track Listing:

1. Move One: Paths 24:05

2. Movement Two: Fields 43:04