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A beautiful and diverse set of duos from clarinetist Francois House and pianist Marilyn Crispell, with a two part title track based on a poem by Catriona Strang, and an instrumental song for Jeanne Lee.

Houle, Francois / Marilyn Crispell
Any Terrain Tumultuous

Houle, Francois / Marilyn Crispell: Any Terrain Tumultuous (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"Definitely compositions. The title track goes from very austere beginnings to eventually live up to it's name, Houle blowing circles around Crispell's clusters and runs. These are the most engaging parts of the disc for me, and I wish they'd just BLOW more often.

I guess the idea behind composing ideas to improvise around is so that the listeners, as well as the players, are spared those moments of wandering or un-inspiration. Does this point out a lack of ability in the composers? Perhaps. But these are two veterans, and I've heard them both improvise brilliantly in other contexts, so why the Forethought? Something to prove? Trying to get something across?I cannot in good conscience judge these compositions. They all sound more classical than jazz (to use worn-out terms) and during the written parts I find myself wishing they'd get to the fire. (When Crispell plays a solo, things burn right up.) I like the spareness of the two instruments' sounds, and the recording is excellent. My girlfriend, who's been listening along with me, found this CD more interesting than anything else I've played tonight."-Jeph Jerman, The Improviser

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Product Information:

UPC: 777885930523

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9305-2
Squidco Product Code: 18045

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1995
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on September 23rd, 1995 at Nevessa Studio, Saugerties, NY..


Francois Houle-clarinet

Marilyn Crispell-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 1 8:38

2. Nomad 6:58

3. A Patch Sets (5 miniatures) 2:45

4. Every Time 1:17

5. Any Terrain Tumultuous Part 2 10:00

6. Marsyas 7:46

7. Song For Jeanne Lee 3:23

8. Oblique 6:52

9. For Clayoquot 8:21

10. Provided I Could 1:03