The trio of Joelle Leandre (bass), Benoite Delbecq (piano), Francois Houle (clarinets) recording the 7-part "rue Paul Fort" at 14 rue Paul Fort @ Helene Aziza in Paris, France in 2013, beautifully fluid free improvisation from a set of superlative players.
Leandre / Delbecq / Houle
14 Rue Paul Fort, Paris
Released in: Great Britain
"Some four years ago, I gave a 5-star rating to a duo collaboration between French pianist Benoit Delbecq and Canadian clarinettist Francois Houle for their album "Because She Hoped", a great result of years of collaboration. On the other hand, the collaboration between Leandre and Houle also goes back for more than a decade and with four albums so far, and they are also easy to recommend.
They now form a trio on this magnificent album, and I think it's even the first album on which Leandre and Delbecq collaborate, so even in that respect it's a historic moment to have two of France's most distinguished improvisers on the same record.
And they do not disappoint us, quite to the contrary, they create music that is all their own, an eclectic mix of jazz and free improv with classical elements and even folk music as their basis.
What we get here are three musicians who are among the best you can get on their respective instruments, and at the same time innovators and musical visionaries, now giving us this mature and fresh music, offering versatile and open improvisations with moments that can be qualified as meditative, impressionist, dreamy, mysterious, full of intense lyricism and wonderful spontaneous harmonious developments. Sounds are predominantly as can be expected from each instrument, although timbral excursions do occur, especially by the piano and the clarinet.
The recording has furthermore the intimacy of chamber music, and that's literally what it is, having been performed live as a private home concert, which explains the address of the title. And even despite the limited setting, the music still leaves lots of open space, moments of silence surrounded by just one or two instruments driving the improvisation forward, with caution, accuracy and audacity.
Despite the overall sense of sadness and melancholy, they also alternate with moments of fun and playfulness, as on the fourth track, or as on the sixth track, when a folk melody is used as the basis for free fun.
In sum, this is a real treat, performed by three magnificent musicians who sculpt a common sound out of thin air, beautiful and sensitive and free.
Don't miss it."-Stef, Free Jazz Blog
p> "The "heavy artillery" of new music perform in Paris in a kind of a private house in front of a select and appreciative audience. Moody, dreamy, mysterious music. To be outstanding one does not have to be loud. Yet from time to time a beautiful dream is rudely interrupted by a whirlwind of sounds just to fall into the golden slumber again.'-Leo
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"Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.
In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.
She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.
She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.
In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG), which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo%C3%ABlle_L%C3%A9andre)
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Recorded at 14 rue Paul Fort @ Helene Aziza in Paris, France, on November 24th, 2013, by Jean-Marc Foussat
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1. rue Paul Fort 1 13:20
2. rue Paul Fort 2 12:45
3. rue Paul Fort 3 5:00
4. rue Paul Fort 4 4:11
5. rue Paul Fort 5 7:09
6. rue Paul Fort 6 4:21
7. rue Paul Fort 7 3:24