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Out of Nowhere
Opening (2008), 3m07s [excerpt]
Track 1 from Out of Nowhere
CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2008) AM 184

If a book is not to be judged by its cover, as the saying goes, here is one recording whose title should not be mistaken as a collection of jazz standards. But all of the music contained in these eleven tracks literally comes from out of nowhere, the result of an impromptu encounter of two like-minded players. By now it may well be unnecessary to introduce Joëlle Léandre, but it's worth noting here that "Madame Contrebasse" has always thrived in these intimate duo settings, a fact borne out in her considerable discography. Almost 25 years her junior, pianist (and fellow countryman) Quentin Sirjacq heralds from a different generation; yet, improvisation enables the keyboardist to bridge the gap with his former Mills College teacher-mentor and carve out a very personal musical space à deux. Don't expect them to fall into any of those soloist and accompanist routines, or contests of wits and chops; instead, these collaborations are full of nuance and detail, like chiaroscuro effects floating gracefully over their soundscapes. Primarily introspective, with a couple of more jaunty escapades along the way, the music is warm and inviting, but never does it lapse into a kind of facile easy listening ambiance. Beyond all labels and descriptions, this offering will reach both heart and mind alike.

Track Listing

    • 1
      Opening (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m07s
    • 2
      Fragment 1 (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m20s
    • 3
      Fragment 2 (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      1m25s
    • 4
      Presence (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m42s
    • 5
      The Call (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m03s
    • 6
      Ruin (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m16s
    • 7
      Absence (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m52s
    • 8
      Hallucinations (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m50s
    • 9
      Moon Journey (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      7m08s
    • 10
      Awakening (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m58s
    • 11
      Closing (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m30s
Total duration: 49m56s