Joelle Leandre is a virtuoso bassist in the tradition of Bertram Turetsky and Barre Phillips, an explorer of new sounds and sensibilities. She scours the interstices of free improvisation and the post-serial compositional strategies of Cage and Scelsi for fresh, sometimes counter-intuitive slants on performance. Even in settings where Leandre is the titular leader, such as the Canvas Trio, with violinist Carlos Zingaro and saxophonist Rudiger Carl, she employs a thoroughly collective approach to improvisation. Leandre, in fact, works so often in duo and trio settings, that the quintet assembled for Joelle Leandre Project is adequate cause for its investigation.
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