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Moutin Reunion Quartet: Sharp Turns

Twin brothers François and Louis Moutin lead a supple, absorbing and powerful band, sweeping through this CD/DVD dual-disc like a river as they show off the two great advantages of their excellent ensemble. First, the Moutins make a dynamite rhythm section. François’ bass work is tireless and almost impossibly elastic, bending and thumping against Louis’ equally energetic drumming. The brothers strip their interplay bare on the duet “Trane’s Medley,” weaving strands of John Coltrane tunes through wide swaths of crackling improvisation. Louis’ bongo-like hand drumming gives the tune an old-school hipster vibe as François struts and jerks through playful melodies.

But beyond that rhythmic core, the Moutin quartet is a working band with-rarity of rarities-an immediately identifiable sound: an oblique thrust full of churning riffs, unsettled harmonies and a friendly yet insistent attitude. “Two Hits on the N.J.T.P.” is a prime example, starting from a wide-striding melody, then seesawing between locomotive riffs and spinning solos from saxophonist Rick Margitza and pianist Pierre de Bethmann.

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