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Moutin Reunion Quartet

From left: François Moutin, Baptiste Trotignon, Rick Margitza and Louis Moutin

What do you get when you combine twins separated by an ocean-bassist François (in New York) and drummer Louis Moutin (in Paris)-with expat saxophonist Rick Margitza and young firebrand pianist Baptiste Trotignon (both in Paris)? A band with feet on both sides of the Atlantic that ably defies distance, manages to remain creatively in sync and employs long-distance phone lines to compose material.

Moutin Reunion Quartet’s music might be called acoustic fusion because the band uses structural devices and sonic elements reminiscent of various ’70s groups. In performance, improvised mini-suites-with smoothly executed interstitial passages-are the group’s trademark. At times the syntax seems slightly off: solo, head, drum and bass dialog, head, solo and out. But the Quartet never loses the compass. The group consistently shows instrumental confidence (François’ bass prowess is a marvel in itself) and a unified approach rare even among groups with all its members residing in the same postal code.

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