AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUINTET + CHARLES ALTURA + THEO BLECKMANN Création
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE. TROMPETTE / WALTER SMITH III. SAXOPHONE / SAM HARRIS. PIANO / HARISH RAGHAVAN. CONTREBASSE / JUSTIN BROWN. BATTERIE
• INVITÉS : CHARLES ALTURA. GUITARE ÉLECTRIQUE / THEO BLECKMANN. VOIX
Here come Ambrose Akinmusire, his quintet - a working band of incredible unity and density - and a couple of guests as a follow-up to his second and multifaceted Blue Note album, unanimously hailed as a masterpiece. The result is a cast iron sound, sometimes darkly oxidised by the trumpet; a burning band in full post-bop mode; semi-unreal arrangements; imaginary compositions (i.e. completely unpredictable); unexpected fully improvised sequences; siren songs coming out of nowhere; arousing lyricism... After having studied Booker Little, Woody Shaw or Charles Tolliver, while favouring learning by direct and immediate experience; after he was noticed by Steve Coleman at the age of seventeen; after he demonstrated his talents with Archie Shepp and others, Ambrose Akinmusire now establishes himself as one of those who keep the Jazz dream alive.
FRED FRITH. GUITAR / BILL LASWELL. BASS / CHARLES HAYWARD. DRUMS
Don't be afraid. Or, maybe, yes! Do fear for propriety and musical norms. The Massacre trio doesn't lead to melancholy, and it's no wonder... Created at the turn of the 80s in New York, this power trio hammers short but intense tunes, both basic and complex, in a whirl of unbridled tones and rhythms, that some described as the most unlikely mix of the Shadows, Derek Bailey, Captain Beefheart and Funkadelic...
After a first phase of activities, Massacre reunited in the late Nineties. In 2003, they partly recorded a live album at the Sons d'Hiver festival. And here they are again with no restraint and to everybody's delight.