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Foussat, Jean-Marc / Sylvain Guerineau: Rustiques (Fou Records)

A study of contrasts as French improvising synth player Jean-Marc Foussat joins with legendary saxophonist & bass clarinetist Sylvain Guerineau, whose work in both jazz tradition and free playing finds him a lyrical and expressive player, bringing flexibility in combination with a seemingly disparate foil in Foussat, heard in six succint dialogs of unconventional compatibility.

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Jean-Marc Foussat-synth, piano, voice, toys

Sylvain Guerineau-tenor saxophone, bass clarinet

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UPC: 3491570064825

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD 49
Squidco Product Code: 33954

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Montbarrols, Loiret, Paris, France, on November 24th, 2022.

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"Recorded at home in November 2022 in the Loiret, this curious little regional river which gives its name to the department whose capital is Orleans, the city where Albert Ayler, then a young unknown U.S. militiaman, officiated, here is a beautiful testimony of dialogue between two distinctive incarnations of free jazz and improvised music.

On the one hand a creator of "analog" electronic music, Jean-Marc Foussat credited here Synthi AKS, piano, toys and voice and on the other a free blower with a very beautiful timbre very inspired by the jazz tradition between Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas and a melodic sense coming from Coltrane, Sylvain Guerineau, who initiates the album with Une Belle Volee on bass clarinet while his usual instrument is the tenor saxophone.

Each firmly established in their respective very contrasting musical universes, the two improvisers complement each other through tangents and work together through the grace of their sensitivity. The recording technique is of superior quality both for the majestic timbre of Guerineau's tenor saxophone and for the dynamics and timbres of the electronics, whether it whirs, murmurs, sparkles, slides, sizzles or skids while screeching. Discreet engine music at all speeds, especially the intimate register for this beautiful recording.

Floating as if on a cloud of moving electric timbres, sustained in an arrhythmic time, the superb sound of Sylvain Guerineau vibrates, breathes and haunts the house with its warm melodic improvisations starting from a thematic form straight out of Great Black Music and from the common lexicon of African-American blowers. His ability becomes clearer and bolder over the course of the six pieces (around 6 or 7 minutes with a peak around the eleven minute mark) until Jean-Marc Foussat tries out the bastringue piano by shaking the keys.

A number of improvisation theorists (often from somewhat rigid conservatories or museological circles) scoff at such somewhat (too) hybrid enterprises. But active listening and focused on the pleasure of discovery without ready-made ideas of such a duo makes our senses and our imagination tell how much this collaboration holds up. Just as Derek Bailey had in his time recorded a duet with contemporary jazz clarinetist Tony Coe - the marriage of the carp and the rabbit, Sylvain and Jean-Marc demonstrate through practice that free improvisation does not respond to any definition, no presupposition, or any agenda, specifications etc...and that dialogue and a tangential form of interactivity are nourished not only by mutual listening, but above all by the imagination, the sensitive and the imaginary of the musicians and their listeners. An opening question.

After the first four pieces have flown suavely or with beautiful passion, the fifth, "Carpes et Grondins", asserts itself as the stormy moment of the album before the return of the precious bass clarinet in "Ange Deranged", facing the rustling sounds strange, chirps of a singular menagerie a la Foussat and a curious voice. In Carpes et Grondins, Guerineau evokes the drama and presses the harsh electronics with subtle accents and dramatic intonations where healthy anger rumbles or perhaps the anguish of the innocent in the face of delirium, by disconnecting the melodic interweaving of his phrasing without for you might as well slip up. The art of assumed imbalance. This album is also one of the finest examples of the sensitive part of Jean-Marc Foussat's work."-Fou, via Google translate

Artist Biographies

"Jean-Marc Foussat (born March 19, 1955 in Oran ) is a French composer and improvisational musician ( guitar, piano, live electronics ).

Since the mid-1970s, Foussat had belonged to groups such as Lézard Marçio, in which he contributed the sounds of concrete music with magnetic tapes. In 1981, he finished his first solo album, Abattage, which was released in 1983. In the ensemble Marteau Rouge (with the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros and the drummer Makoto Sato), he also collaborated with Evan Parker. Together with the saxophonist Sylvain Guérineau, he formed the duo Aliquid, which also appeared with Joe McPhee ( Quod, 2014). In addition to soloprograms, he also starred with Noël Akchoté / Roger Turner, Samuel Blaser, Émilie Lesbros, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Sophie Agnel, Daunik Lazro and numerous other musicians, as well as the Fortuna 21 Octet of Raymond Boni and the department of education psychique on."

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"Born on February 19, 1946 in Vendôme. A musical and pictorial journey over more than 40 years.

Paris after 68, from the street to the factories, with François Tusques and the whole French and American free scene: Avenel, Jenny-Clark, Delcloo, and so many others... Painting is an associated activity But from the 1970s "painting ignores me. "

A certain passage of Eric Dolphy - some remember it - in a certain Chapel of the street of the Lombards, in the company of Jacques Réda and Francis Marmande. And then Desmond, Ornette lived live - La Mutualité, November 1965, the controversy existed: idem Coltrane & Ayler.

We could hear him in duet, trio and quartet with Sunny Murray, Bernard Lubat and Francis Marmande, or in quartet with Jacques and Nicolas Mahieux as well as Olivier Benoit. One can also hear it on disc with Francis Marmande and Sunny Murray in the workshop of Alain Kirili, with Joëlle Léandre in "The cantata of the cauldrons", Editions Fourbis. Read also, at the same publisher, La Housse Partie by Francis Marmande.

At the beginning of the 90s the painting finds him again.

He frequents different scenes: Banlieues Bleues, Uzeste, Museum of Grenoble in duo with Murray around the sculptures of Kirili, etc. From January 2002, he played in the trio of Didier Lasserre, with Paul Rogers. It is this close collaboration that allows him to frequent, in trio or duet with Didier Lasserre, the "festival" Archimedes-Zoom in Bordeaux which gives them their first chance, then Favorite Things Jazz Association in Tarbes, Espace Puzzle in Caen, The CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in the framework of Nov'Art / Bordeaux Jazz festival, the Château Croix-Beauséjour in Montagne St Émilion, Souffle de Rhythme in Toulon, the Fabrica'son in Malakoff...

He plays again with Sunny Murray with Henry Grimes in Henry Grimes & Friends at Atelier-Tampon in Paris in February 2005; In duet with Didier Lasserre at the AJMI of Avignon in April 2005.

Recently a new trio [Ter] was released at the beginning of 2006 at Marge with Didier Lasserre on drums & Benjamin Duboc on double bass and then a self-produced LP: "L'ombre plus grande " in 2008. Trio becomes quartet with Jobic Le Masson on piano or Arnaud Sacase on alto saxophone.

On the recording of the disc [Ter] he meets Jean-Marc Foussat who drags him " unwittingly of his own free will" into the previously unknown tracks of music Electronic devices. Aliquid was born in 2005 (with a record released on Leo Records in 2010) and then Quod - an increased Aliquid...

Recordings & solo tour in churches and abbeys: a solo disc "Dies Irae" was released at the end of 2006 at Amor Fati.

On 23 October 2008 at the Apsara bookshop, during his last concert at the viola Sylvain meets Thierry Carreras the drummer of the XoNdZf. The two men share the same ideas about music and especially about "free improvisation". They meet quickly with Dominique DuboisTaine the pianist to form the trio bBrrAx and begin to work regularly and perform in the Paris region.

In 2009, bBrrAx released the disc: " Freeture ", rather oriented free as the name suggests, at Believe. It's only online and it's downloadable everywhere (iTune, Fnac, Amazon, etc...)

In 2010, she played quartet in the church of Saint Eustache in Paris with Itaru Oki, trumpet, Joel Grip, double bass and Makoto Sato, drums. A recording of this quartet is available in CDR.

In 2011 recorded a duet with Benjamin Duboc for his three-disc set at Ayler Records.

The trio with Didier Lasserre, drums and Jean Rougier, double bass recorded "Ligne" at improvising-beings in 2012.

Participates with Aliquid at the Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2012 in Cairo.

Finds François Tusques, accompanied by Alexandra Grimal, saxophones.

Played in quartet with Thomas Dubois, trumpet, Yoram Rosilio, double bass and Makoto Sato, drums.

In 2013 plays in trio with Andras Vigh, hurdy-gurdy and Gaël Ascal, double bass.

In trio also with Jacques Pochat, saxophone and Jean Bordé, double bass.

The vinyl LP of Aliquid "Kriegspiel", is released at Nashazphone."

-Sylvain Guerineau Website (translated by Google) (

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Track Listing:

1. une Belle Volee 7:42

2. Moutons Embrumes 11:25

3. La Chose Est Falte 7:00

4. Glyphosate Sur Canape 6:19

5. Carpes & Grondin 6:08

6. L'Ange Derange 7:20

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