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An intense duo performed live in Guelph, 2004 between bassist Joelle Lenadre and violinist India Cooke, frequent collaborators who bring intense drama and incredible technical skill to the 7 part "Firedance".

Leandre, Joelle / India Cooke

Leandre, Joelle / India Cooke: Firedance (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"Joëlle Léandre started off her musical life as a great classical bass player, an award winning student at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris. In '76 she was awarded a scholarship to work at the University of Buffalo where she came into contact with contemporary music composer Morton Feldman and subsequently began performing the works of Cage and Scelsi. Throughout this time she was also improvising, and as that improvisation was not really coming from jazz, you might wonder what interest her music holds to a jazz gazette. Well, Léandre is quite simply one of the most original and exciting improvisers around today, as well as one hell of a bass player. Bassists from any genre should check out her full tone, great intonation, extended techniques, and flawless arco work. The double bass, after all, is one of the most important instruments in jazz, and free improvisation has given the jazz world an important dose of vitamins.

The highly recommended Firedance not only uses the string instruments as a meeting point, but both players seem to have a dramatic, narrative approach to music. Though not necessarily a common name, Cooke's track record is stellar, including performances with Joe Williams, Louie Bellson, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. Her duets with Léandre are unique, sensitive, outrageous, thoughtful, gregarious; in short, deep, engaging stuff. "Firedance 3" is an amazing bass solo and "Firedance 5" showcases Cooke in a powerful and engrossing violin solo."-Francis Lo Kee, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 777078912121

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9327
Squidco Product Code: 18042

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 11th, 2004 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre by Peter Lane.


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Track Listing:

1. Firedance 1 5:05

2. Firedance 2 7:53

3. Firedance 3 7:03

4. Firedance 4 8:43

5. Firedance 5 8:36

6. Firedance 6 7:29

7. Firedance 7 7:26

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