JULIEN DESPREZ "ABACAXI"
According to Julien Desprez, Abacaxi, his new trio, is a sweet, melting heart covered in thorny hide. Not so much a chestnut as a pineapple – as Portuguese speakers will have guessed. The trio does not pull punches. A galvanized mixture of 1960s rock and sound performance, the powerful trio sculpts space to fill it up with its own rough mixture. It’s good. It’s very good. It’s very, very good, all the more so as each musician doubles as lighting engineer, changing the lights by stepping on a pedal. In this dance, the strobe takes part in the communal distortion and energy. Abacaxi should deliver its usual dose of energy. Shake, chica, shake.
Album release: early Feb. 2021. Abacaxi, « Mainstream Desire »(Coax Records/Carton Records)
The New Yorker once compared Bill Frisell’s guitar rhythms to Miles Davis. The comparison might seem weird – at first. Frisell spends most of his time minutely studying American musical history while Miles strove to reject it – the better to rewrite it. But when you listen closely, you can hear the commonalities: a shared science of extremely precise silent breaks and, without a doubt, a profound love of melody. A guitarist of wide open spaces, Frisell’s solo performances increasingly draw on Cinemascope imagery. Whether on the album Music Is (Okeh Records, 2018) or on stage, Bill Frisell, a six-chord genius, handling his guitar as brilliantly as John Wayne held his six-shooter, has stayed humble and voluble. Last but not least: Music Is stands for Music Is Good. How exciting.