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Manivelle
Pour le moment, 2m45s [excerpt]
Track 1 from Manivelle
CD: Ambiances Magnétiques (2009) AM 190

Finally, Pierre Labbé’s back on CD, six years after Risque et pendule. From the sextet line-up featured on that first Ambiances Magnétiques opus, released as Ensemble Pierre Labbé, the sax/flute player only retained the services of guitarist Bernard Falaise (Miriodor, Klaxon Gueule, Les Projectionnistes). Bassist Clinton Ryder and drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli round up the group. On Manivelle [Crank], the quartet waltzes, turns, and tears up through nine Labbé originals. Though firmly anchored in jazz, his compositions shake free from jazz’s diktats. In turn rock-in-opposition, musique actuelle, Arabic elements, fusion, hard-bop, free, and savagely rock, Labbé’s music absorbs, synthesizes, and remaps all those influences. Ample themes are spread around, interspersed with large stretches of collective exploration, a fertile ground for these four sonic adventurers. “For many years now, I have been trying to make music both organic and spiritual. Music that transpires and inspires, music that grooves, whispers, and moves you. Atypical jazz feeding on opposites, a resolutely plural form of jazz,” Labbé writes. You will easily notice the stunning guitar flights, the uncanny creativity of the drumming, the robust bass playing, and the lyrical phrasing of the saxophone. Yet, Labbé’s melodies - at times sweet, at times jagged - might be what you’ll remember best, as they bear the quality seal of a unique hybrid form of writing both closely related to his previous projects (Papa Boa, Les Projectionnistes, Ensemble Pierre Labbé) and reinvented by a gust of free jazz inspiration. The crank is turning indeed, synergistically.

François Couture

Track Listing

    • 1
      Pour le moment
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      2m45s
    • 2
      Corpus
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m46s
    • 3
      Manivelle
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      6m31s
    • 4
      Fès
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m53s
    • 5
      Matos
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m31s
    • 6
      Le mur
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      3m31s
    • 7
      La Kuchika
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m06s
    • 8
      Tremblement de fer: Serpents et échelles (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      5m01s
    • 9
      Le 3e souk (2008)
      • 2.0
        • Stereo 2.0 (44 kHz • 16 bits)
      4m02s
Total duration: 42m32s