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Rasmussen, Mette / Julien Desprez: The Hatch (Dark Tree Records)

An exhilarating duo between Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen on alto sax and French electric guitarist Julien Desprez using a variety of effects, recording in France for seven approach-ably twisted dialogs using spectacular technique and a diversity of approaches, from full force playing to introspective textural work, a marvel of spontaneity.

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UPC: 3473351000123

Label: Dark Tree Records
Catalog ID: DT10
Squidco Product Code: 27751

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Music Unit, in Montreuil, France, on September 12th, 2016, by Florent Bobet.


Mette Rasmussen-alto saxophone

Julien Desprez-electric guitar

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"Mette Rasmussen is a Danish saxophone player based in Trondheim, Norway. She works in the field of improvised music, drawing from a wide range of influences, spanning free jazz to textural soundwork. Rasmussen works on exploring the natural rawness of her instrument - experimenting on what the saxophone is capable of in sound and expression, with and without preparations. Much in demand, she has performed with the likes of Alan Silva, Chris Corsano, Ståle Liavik Solberg, and with her Trio Riot group with Sam Andreae and David Meier."

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"Julien Desprez is a musician and performer based in Paris. Jazz and rock were his early musical loves, but they evolved rapidly to free forms where body and space find their places through sound. As his practice progressed as well as his conception and approach to his instrument, the music and space changed. He is now considering the guitar more like a battery, an organ, a modifiable instrument deployable at will. Through a mix of actions on the instrument and a play of foot on effect pedals, taking inspiration from the technique of Tap Dance, it completely opened the possibilities, sound and physical environment of the instrument. This results in a practice where body is engaged to its fullest.

Now evolving between sound art, performance and contemporary improvisational music, his work today is centred around all the questions that exist within a stage space, through body, space, sight and light, but where the sound remains the central pillar. Julien is also a co-founder of the Collectif Coax, a music cooperative based in Paris and created in 2008, which was recently labelled "Compagnie Nationale" by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. He's also played with Charlie Haden, Mats Gustafson, Jeanne Added, Edward Perraud, Thomas Depourquery, François Jeanneau, Louis Sclavis, Stephane Payen, Guillaume Orti, Benoit Delbecq, Tortoise, Han Bennink, Hubert Dupont, Rob Mazurek, Jef Parker, Frank Vaillant, Gilles Coronado, Beniat Achary, Noël Ackchoté, David Grubbs, Doug Wamble, Marc Ducret, Sylvain Darrifourcq, Eve Risser, Mederic Collignon, Magic Malik, Emmanuel Bex et Hasse Poulsen."

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track listing:

1. Roadkill Junkies 04:49

2. Clay on Your Skin 05:07

3. Offenders 08:00

4. Matters of the Soul 09:07

5. Twin Eye 03:54

6. Black Sand 07:49

7. Orange Plateau 06:00
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"If you're mainly acquainted with Mette Rasmussen through her collaborations with American musicians like Chris Corsano and Paul Flaherty, this record will change your perspective as surely as having the glasses knocked off of your nose will affect your vision. When in America, she seems to have done as certain Americans before her have done. There's a long tradition of fire music here, and she's plugged into it. But there's more to her than that.

In the company of French guitarist Julien Desprez, the Danish alto saxophonist's playing is just as fiery but less bound by tradition. Instead of riding the molten flow, this duo creates music that feels chopped and scrambled even though it is being made before your ears. At some points she plays coarse exhalations and brief, effortful gulps, which toss and tumble with the guitarist's pops, harmonics and scrapes like a salad of nuts and apples that's been tossed into a spinning clothes dryer. Other times, horn and guitar pour twin streams of elongated tone like a couple of painters dumping their personally mixed hues into some river; what starts out thick and bright becomes diffuse and cloudy as it spreads and recedes.

You don't have to see them in action to know that they're both physical players. You can feel lungs being emptied with diaphragm-bruising force, and you can also hear the moments when fist meets wood. But the album's title provides another clue to their shared aesthetic. One gets the sense that they don't play their instruments out of love. No, they're things that can obstruct one's progress, objects that need to be moved around, and tools to get to the other side of something. You don't hear them playing; you hear them working to get past their absurdly shaped but sonorous gadgets."-Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine

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