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An early album from Vancouver clarinetist Francois Houle with frequent collaborators Tony Wilson (guitar) and Dylan van der Schyff (drums & percussion), performing original compositions and a unique version of Duke Ellington's "Frustration."

Houle, Francois Trio

Houle, Francois Trio: Schizosphere (Red Toucan)
Label: Red Toucan    
Released in: Canada    

"One of Vancouver clarinetist François Houle's first albums, Schizosphere features two of his earliest musical accomplices, guitarist Tony Wilson and drummer Dylan van der Schyff who was only beginning to get noticed outside of his hometown at the time. The set contains five Houle compositions, one from the guitarist, three free improvisations, and a very personal rendition of Duke Ellington's "Frustration." There is not much left of the original song: Houle focuses on a single phrase turned into an insisting circular leitmotiv. Wilson's ?Lowest Note," here recorded for the first time, has a jazzier, less cluttered feel than the definitive version heard on his CD by the same title (2001, Spool). But the album's highlights are Houle's pieces, particularly ?Fractus" and ?Strange Attractors," both bouncing tunes relying on tutti melodies. The latter is dressed in a fancy Middle-Eastern get-up. Later a pillar of the West Coast avant-garde jazz sound, here the clarinetist limits the chances he takes, remaining for the most part in tonal, melodious jazz (as on his ?Prayer"). But, coming from a classical background, he eschews the usual solo shticks and clichés, delivering a convincing performance, although he had yet to reach his prime."-François Couture, All Music Guide

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Product Information:

UPC: 777885930325

Label: Red Toucan
Catalog ID: RT 9303-2
Squidco Product Code: 18049

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1994
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on August 18th, 1994.


Francois Houle-clarinet, soprano saxophone

Tony Wilson-electric guitar, aktira, khaen

Dylan van der Schyff-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Fractus 11:15

2. Lowest Note 5:52

3. Frustration 9:35

4. Contemplation 2:13

5. Persistence 3:41

6. Strange Attractors 6:25

7. Prayer (For Robin Costain) 6:04

8. For Clayoquot 9:16

9. Barscheit 7:55

10. Cantor Dust 5:25

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