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Guionnet, Jean-Luc: LAC (Lake) (Herbal International)

Jean-Luc Guionnet creates a portrayal of Lake Annecy near his home as described through its geographical location, and heard in a series of snapshot field recording compositions that describe the environment, fauna, people and civilization that abound around it.

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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1501
Squidco Product Code: 21205

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Composed in Annecy, France, between 2004 and 2007.


Jean Jacques Avenel-Luc Guionnet

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"Jean-Jacques Avenel, born 16 June 1948 in Saint-Nicolas-d'Aliermont ( Seine-Maritime ) and died 12 August 2014. He was a jazz bassist, a faithful companion to Steve Lacy, and participated in many other musical adventures. He was interested especially in African music, the kora and tradition Mandingo.

Jean-Jacques Avenel was self-taught, although he subsequently benefit from the lessons of Kent Carte. He began his career by participating in the free jazz movement, playing with Steve Waring, Colette Magny, Don Cherry, and with Noah Howard, the quartet of Frank Wright and Intercommunal Free Dance Music Orchestra training François Tusques. He also accompanies the saxophonist Daunik Lazro.

From 1975, he began to be associated with different formations led by Steve Lacy. Trio, sextet, quartet... But also the quintet consisting addition Lacy and Avenel, saxophonist Steve Potts, drummer Oliver Johnson and pianist Bobby Few, often with the singer Irene Aebi. A long collaboration begins. He accompanied Steve Lacy for nearly 30 years, performing in many festivals and other places in Europe and the United States, and participating in more than twenty albums recordings. He had also the opportunity to accompany Butch Morris in 1980, and David Murray in the 1990s.

He participated in the achievements of Michel Edelin and particularly in the quartet with Simon Goubert and Jacques Di Donato since 1995. More recently, he worked with young European pianists Benoît Delbecq, and Gael Mevel. And with American Mal Waldron and Australian Chris Cody. Plus work with Richard Galliano, George Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Dino Saluzzi, Paul Bley, and other.

He also regularly collaborated with François Raulin. In 2000, at the 38th festival Roaring, Avenel, Raulin and Adama Drame together created the ARD trio, training mixing European jazz tradition and the Mandingo. Jean-Jacques Avenel passion for African music and plays the kora, in addition to the bass. In 2004, Avenel and Sissokho surrounded themselves Lansiné Kouyaté, Moriba Koita and Michel Edelin for Waraba project ( "the lion" in language Bamana ). Then in 2006, he formed the trio DAG Domancich and Simon Goubert.

He died of cancer August 12, 2014."

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track listing:

1. LAC (Lake) 1:13:54
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On the other end of the spectrum, we find the interest Herbal International has in the use of field recordings, with 'the subjective portrait of a geographic entity', and Jean-Luc Guionnet doesn't tell us where this entity in simple layman's terms, but rather via the long latitude and longitude codes, which I believe is Lake Annecy, close where Guionnet lives. He made recordings at the lake between 2004 and 2007 and dedicates the work to fellow field recording artist, Eric LaCasa (see how that 'Lac' fits in there too?).

I can't say I know the lake of Annecy as I hardly celebrate holidays, but then, this is also a 'subjective portrait', as Guionnet says on the cover and having a look on the map it must be a beautiful area, surrounded by mountains and with 38 kilometres of coast line (love live google) I'm sure there is lots of sound to record. Guionnet not just taped a bunch of water, but mostly has water in relation with human activity, so we hear people speaking, cars passing, insects, birds and all such like and it's stuck together like a long collage (seventy-three minutes).

Some of the changes appear to be a bit abrupt I was thinking; they cut out, just like that, and continue with something much more crude. It happens on a few places and I am not sure why Guionnet made these choices. Maybe he feels there is enough carefully constructed releases of field recordings? Maybe this reflects some of the areas more rough paths along the lake? Whatever the reasons might be it makes this release a bit different than your usual field recordings release. It's a more like a bunch of snapshots, small and large stuck together and some of these with rough edges (recording glitches were left in by intent).

Strange release, but one that is quite beautiful."-Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly

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