Carrier, Redman, Donato
Another stunning selection from the Carrier discography— finally unveiled. Here is how the track selections read on the back cover of this new release by Carrier, Redman, Donato, Séguin, Lambert :
1. Going Through (20:57)
2. Open Spaces (12:54)
3. With The Flow (19:27)
Considering how everything flows beautifully within, this could quite possibly read “Going through open spaces with the flow” in one long addition. Recorded during a series of live concerts in Quebec City during an autumn weather shift in 1999, it’s a little bewildering that this album only sees the light of day some half a dozen (plus) years later. Entirely improvised from start to finish, this luxurious recording doesn’t just vaguely confirm the talents of Montreal saxophonist François Carrier and his crew— it downright embraces it with reckless abandon. The magic on ‘Open Spaces’ can be attributed to the slightly unconventional instrumentation: two saxophones and two double-basses. Carrier has always known how to properly surround himself, something his discography makes clearly visible. And by welcoming the legendary tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman (famously of the Ornette Coleman Quartet from 1967 to 1974 / not to mention stints with Charlie Haden’s Orchestra and Keith Jarrett’s mega-quintet of the burning 70s), he’s found a parallel to his alto, to which he can adequately (and occasionally whispfully) prosper during this series. Throw in Michel Donato and Ron Séguin duking things out on the double-bass, and long-time beat provider (and Carrier associate) Michel Lambert on drums— and you’ve got an eye-opener worth the price of admission, baby. Free and uplifting, joyful and spiritual, and lovingly reminiscent of the finer days of the jazz avant-garde, you’ll no doubt be equally impressed by the results. PS- On a sad note, Dewey Redman passed away on September 2nd, 2006 (but this is another testament of the inspiring music he’s left behind).
In loving memory of the late Dewey Redman, here featured on tenor sax, Spool releases Open Spaces, a 1999 live set by a peculiar “double reed-double contrabass-drums” quintet. Redman is flanked by François Carrier on alto sax, and throughout the album this couple of forwards plays inspired lines moving from post-Coltranian recollections and invocations to a non-structural, fast-paced quality of atonal phrasing which travels in and around different jazz meanings, but always remains wholly comprehensible. Bassists Donato and Seguin perform their duties maintaining a firm grip on the lyrical aspect, keeping a steady pulse while observing the contrapuntal directions with concentrated serenity and resourceful instrumental command. The excellent Lambert glues the overall keenness of the musicians into a series of percussive frames where both swing and freeform switch-hitting articulations sound like a totally conscious and utterly intelligent decision. Overall, Open Spaces is an album made of cohesion and passion, full of elegance and freedom, luckily devoid of clichés and formulaic posing by the artists. A worthy homage to a great saxophonist.
Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes Italy / December 2006