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The superb trio of Daunik Lazro on baritone sax, Benjamin Duboc on bass, and Didier Lasserre on drum & cymbals, in a live recording from Ecouter pour l'instant festival, a long open work inspired by poet Henri Michaux's writings on emptiness & tranquility.

Lazro, Daunik / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre
Sens Radiants

Lazro, Daunik / Benjamin Duboc / Didier Lasserre: Sens Radiants (Dark Tree Records)

Label: Dark Tree Records    
Released in: France    

"The French double bassist Benjamin Duboc and drummer Didier Lasserre have created together a unique, highly personal language. Their inventive and telepathic interplay can stir emotional storms produced with minimal, almost evasive elements and color any collaboration with vivid, spell-binding moods. Their latest improvised collaborations with baritone saxophonist Daunik Lazro and pianist Henri Roger demonstrate Duboc and Lasserre's greatness.

The French boutique label has released only four albums so far. All are remarkable masterpieces of free improvisation, and its last-Sens Radiants as its first one, Pourtant Les Cimes Des Arbres (2011) (by the same trio of Lazro, Duboc and Lasserre) is no exception.

The title of the 55-minute piece is inspired by a collection of poems by the Belgian-born poet-writer-painter Henri Michaux (1899-1984), "Jours de silence." These poems documented his weekly days of silence and meditation and his spiritual experiences of emptiness and tranquility during these days. This piece was recorded live at the Écouter pour l'instant festival in an old castle, now a protestant church, in in Le Fleix, south-western France, on September 2013.

The trio begins patiently forming a minimalist sound poem that investigates the acoustics of the historic space, the timbres of their instruments and the manner that its sounds resonate within the great acoustics of the old building. Slowly this reserved interplay intensifies and the tension is built. Still, with generous room for solo parts, each expanded extended by the next soloist, all faithful to the melancholic, almost ascetic, atmosphere of this improvisation, that follows the contemplative, inner-searching spirit of Michaux poems.

This arresting interplay features the highly personal vocabulary, the commanding art of these original improvisers and the manner that this trio articulates a profound emotional experience with almost minimalist means. Lazro tells thick tales, breathing, moaning, talking and shouting through his mouthpiece. Duboc and Lasserre create dark storms of sounds, employing inventive techniques of playing with the bow on the double bass strings, and delicate touches of the snare drum skins and cymbal surfaces."-Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz

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UPC: 3473351000048

Label: Dark Tree Records
Catalog ID: DT 04
Squidco Product Code: 18952

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: France
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded live at “Ecouter pour ’Instant” Festival, Temple protestant, Le Fleix, France on Friday, September 20, 2013, by Benjamin Duboc.


Daunik Lazro-baritone saxophone

Benjamin Duboc-double bass

Didier Lasserre-snare drum, cymbals

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