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A strange set of improvisations from the duo of Jean-Philippe Gross and Jean-Luc Guionnet, both on electronics, with Guionnet appearing on saxophone in context among sections of harsh sound or surprising silence, deconstructed/reconstructed/who-can-say what?
 

Angle (Gross / Guionnet)
Premier Angle

Angle (Gross / Guionnet) : Premier Angle (Nueni)

Label: Nueni    
Released in: Germany    


"Not your standard improv outing, no walk in the park. Angle consists of Jean-Philippe Gross and Jean-Luc Guionnet (each on electronics, I believe, Guionnet also wielding his alto) engage in rough play here, constructing entirely abrasive sounds and unpalatable blocks of noise, dismissing any notion of pleasantry. And it works quite well.

When, early on, Guionnet's flat, harsh, affectless alto tone is welded to an even harsher, more brutal one, it bores a clean, smoking hole in your skull, not very nice. The relatively quiet section that starts shows a fine disregard for the normal way of things, sending through opaque electronic ropes and shimmers, nothing very appropriate, events carried along by force of conviction. It plunges into digital silence at the flick of a switch, emerges 15 or so seconds later in an entirely different space, hissing steam and irregularly pounding metals that resolve into a seesawing, low thrum through which a pitiful alto whines (I've no doubt intentional), very effective. A solo alto section, highly controlled yet disjointed, followed by a quiet sequence which stands out, oddly enough, in that it does in fact conform to some areas we've familiarized ourselves with in this genre over the years; strong on its own, interesting when placed in this set.

Perhaps more surprising, we then hear Guionnet playing a very soft, simple "melody" over rumbling electronics, very attractive, I daresay, more so when the tone is splintered into delicate overtones, the electronics softly prodding (I'm thinking, due to the latter's exact overlapping, they might be generated here by Guionnet as well.). That's where it ends, having travelled from blunt and awkward to faux calm. A disturbing set, posing questions. Good stuff."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside






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Product Information:

Label: Nueni
Catalog ID: nueni #002
Squidco Product Code: 21277

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Q-O2, in Brussels, Belgium.

Personnel:

Philippe Gross-electronics

Jean-Luc Guionnet-electronics

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