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Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out (Intakt)

Time Gone Out reveals how a 25-year musical friendship can inspire some involved musical conversations. Pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman first crossed paths in 1994, recording their first album a few years later. Together they reveal a wide set of influences. Feldman plays with the clarity of a classical virtuoso who can stop … Read More “Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out (Intakt)”

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Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/Sylvie Courvoisier/Tom Rainey: Noise of Our Time (Intakt)

The Intakt label of Switzerland has become an important repository for a genre that might be called “refined free jazz.” It is a productive niche within the jazz art form: edgy enough for thrills, structured enough for coherence. The opening track on Noise of Our Time, Sylvie Courvoisier’s “Checkpoint,” has the plunging, spattering tenor saxophone of … Read More “Ken Vandermark/Nate Wooley/Sylvie Courvoisier/Tom Rainey: Noise of Our Time (Intakt)”

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Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D’Agala (Intakt)

Pianist Sylvie Courvoisier’s experimental trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen is a rhythm section first and foremost. The excellent D’Agala opens with “Imprint Double,” during which a firmly percussive triplet ostinato becomes polyrhythmic—first under Courvoisier’s guidance and then with Gress and Wollesen’s entrance. It sets the tone for the album: a wonderland … Read More “Sylvie Courvoisier Trio: D’Agala (Intakt)”

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Courvoisier, Feldman, Mori, Parker: Miller’s Tale

If there is a recording that can simultaneously put kittens to sleep and send a 14-year-old girl running from the room, it is Miller’s Tale. This observation is not theoretical. An hour-long set of improvisations inexplicably inspired by the plays of Arthur Miller, the album manages to be at once silly, irritating, dull and unnecessary. … Read More “Courvoisier, Feldman, Mori, Parker: Miller’s Tale”

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