Reviews that mention Dominic Duval

December 3, 2013

Artist Feature:

Ivo Perelman
By Ken Waxman

“When [Brazilian director] Gustavo Galvão first asked me to do the soundtrack for his film I thought he was crazy,” confesses tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, 52. “I said I don’t do that kind of thing and play to cues. I only play my music the way I do.” Yet Galvão, who had made a special trip to New York precisely to get the São Paulo-born saxophonist to create music for his film finally agreed to let Perelman do it his own way with musician of his own choice. Before heading into the studio with violist Matt Maneri and pianist Matthew Ship, Perelman explained the film concept to them, knowing that different moods would emerge as they recorded their improvisations. Titled after the fact, and sequenced into eight tracks, the improvisations now make up the music for the director’s first international feature A Violent Dose of Anything. (Uma Dose Violenta de Qualquer Coisa in Portuguese). Not only is the music preserved on a CD of the same title, but it recently won an award as best original soundtrack at a prestigious Brazilian film festival. Would he do other movie projects? “Introduce me to more people like Gustavo then I’ll do more film music,” jokes Perelman. MORE

July 15, 2013

Joe McPhee Trio

First Date
CJR-8

Joe McPhee/Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten

Brooklyn DNA

Clean Feed CF 244 CD

Persistent in his exploration of fresh musical currents in the improvised tradition, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee remains indefatigable 46 years after his first recording and as he settles into his eighth decade. Comfortably conversant in any sized ensemble, from his justly renowned solo discs to his long-time membership in Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Tentet, the Poughkeepsie, New York resident usually does his most profound work in smaller configurations. Take these high-quality CDs, recorded at four different years. MORE

October 6, 2010

Ivo Perelman/Rosie Hertlein/Dominic Duval

Near to the Wild Heart
NotTwo MW 833-2

By Ken Waxman

As unlike the standard “with strings” session as can be imagined, Near to the Wild Heart is instead a fully interactive date where one trio member happens to be tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and the others violinist/vocalist Rosie Hertlein and bassist Dominic Duval. What’s more remarkable is the balance between the discordant and the sensitive maintained as the splintering of string harmonies is mated with newfound lyricism from the Brazilian-born saxophonist. MORE

October 6, 2009

Ensemble Normand Guilbeault

Hommage à Mingus: Live at Upstairs
Ambiance Magnétiques AM 185

Davis/Ulrich/Baumann/Lutek/Richards/Jefferson

Urs Blöchlinger Tribute

Pet Mantis Records PMR 004

i.overdrive trio

Hommage à Syd Barrett

Imuzzic CRCD 0821

Joe McPhee

Angels, Devils & Haints

CJR 7

Extended Play: Honoring Musical Influences

By Ken Waxman

Mentors and heroes have been celebrated musically for years. In improvised music however, interpretations are more individual, the choice of honorees is quirkier, but the sounds are as impressive – as these CDs demonstrate. MORE

October 6, 2009

i.overdrive trio

Hommage à Syd Barrett
Imuzzic CRCD 0821

Joe McPhee

Angels, Devils & Haints

CJR 7

Ensemble Normand Guilbeaul
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Hommage à Mingus: Live at Upstairs

Ambiance Magnétiques AM 185

Davis/Ulrich/Baumann/Lutek/Richards/Jefferson

Urs Blöchlinger Tribute

Pet Mantis Records PMR 004

Extended Play: Honoring Musical Influences

By Ken Waxman

Mentors and heroes have been celebrated musically for years. In improvised music however, interpretations are more individual, the choice of honorees is quirkier, but the sounds are as impressive – as these CDs demonstrate. MORE

October 6, 2009

Davis/Ulrich/Baumann/Lutek/Richards/Jefferson

Urs Blöchlinger Tribute
Pet Mantis Records PMR 004

Joe McPhee

Angels, Devils & Haints

CJR 7

Ensemble Normand Guilbeault

Hommage à Mingus: Live at Upstairs

Ambiance Magnétiques AM 185

i.overdrive trio

Hommage à Syd Barrett

Imuzzic CRCD 0821

Extended Play: Honoring Musical Influences

By Ken Waxman

Mentors and heroes have been celebrated musically for years. In improvised music however, interpretations are more individual, the choice of honorees is quirkier, but the sounds are as impressive – as these CDs demonstrate. MORE

October 6, 2009

Joe McPhee

Angels, Devils & Haints
CJR 7

Ensemble Normand Guilbeault

Hommage à Mingus: Live at Upstairs

Ambiance Magnétiques AM 185

Davis/Ulrich/Baumann/Lutek/Richards/Jefferson

Urs Blöchlinger Tribute

Pet Mantis Records PMR 004

i.overdrive trio

Hommage à Syd Barrett

Imuzzic CRCD 0821

Extended Play: Honoring Musical Influences

By Ken Waxman

Mentors and heroes have been celebrated musically for years. In improvised music however, interpretations are more individual, the choice of honorees is quirkier, but the sounds are as impressive – as these CDs demonstrate. MORE

September 23, 2008

Loïc Dequidt Quartet

Nomade
Kopasetic Productions KOPACD 022

Michael Jefrey Stevens

For The Children

Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1202

Hubert Dupont

Spider’s Dance

Ultrabolic UBR 0502

Trying to wrest contemporary jazz from the control of the neo-conservatives is as honorable a struggle as any avant-garde exploration. Extending the tradition shouldn’t preclude innovation within set boundaries, and that’s what these three groups attempt with varying success, on their CDs.

Configured as the classic jazz quartet of saxophone-piano-bass-and-drums, each combo performs original compositions, written by the session leader as a challenge to the burgeoning jazz copycat… oops … repertory movement. It’s interesting to note however that only one quartet is all-American. MORE

September 23, 2008

Hubert Dupont

Spider’s Dance
Ultrabolic UBR 0502

Loïc Dequidt Quartet

Nomade

Kopasetic Productions KOPACD 022

Michael Jefrey Stevens

For The Children

Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1202

Trying to wrest contemporary jazz from the control of the neo-conservatives is as honorable a struggle as any avant-garde exploration. Extending the tradition shouldn’t preclude innovation within set boundaries, and that’s what these three groups attempt with varying success, on their CDs. MORE

September 23, 2008

Michael Jefrey Stevens

For The Children
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1202

Hubert Dupont

Spider’s Dance

Ultrabolic UBR 0502

Loïc Dequidt Quartet

Nomade

Kopasetic Productions KOPACD 022

Trying to wrest contemporary jazz from the control of the neo-conservatives is as honorable a struggle as any avant-garde exploration. Extending the tradition shouldn’t preclude innovation within set boundaries, and that’s what these three groups attempt with varying success, on their CDs.

Configured as the classic jazz quartet of saxophone-piano-bass-and-drums, each combo performs original compositions, written by the session leader as a challenge to the burgeoning jazz copycat… oops … repertory movement. It’s interesting to note however that only one quartet is all-American. MORE

October 2, 2006

JOE MCPHEE/MATT SHIPP/DOMINIC DUVAL

In Finland
Cadence CJR 1186

BONI/LAZRO/MCPHEE/TCHAMITCHIAN
Next To You
émouvance émv 1023

By Ken Waxman

Recorded five months apart in 2004, these sessions confirm one again the apparently endless adaptability of multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. NEXT TO YOU is the first time the Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native has recorded with his French quartet after 12 years of its existence. IN FINLAND on the other hand is a classic one-off festival gig in Raahe, where pianist Matthew Shipp joins the long-established duo of McPhee and bassist Dominic Duval. Both have something unique to offer. MORE

April 3, 2006

Michel Lambert

Le Passant
Rant

By Ken Waxman
April 3, 2006

Too accomplished to be confined to the Third Stream ghetto, Montreal percussionist Michel Lambert’s Le Passant, which can be translated as The Wanderer or The Vagrant gathers together three strands of his artistic background.

An accomplished notated composer, who studied drums and composition at Boston’s Berklee College, in Paris, and privately with saxophonist Dave Liebman in New York and pianist Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam, one of his works was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. A visual artist who studied in Paris and Nice, a series of his oil paintings won him a Canada Council commission. Most of all, Quebec City-born percussionist Lambert is best-known for his improv work with the likes of pianist Paul Bley, saxophonist François Carrier and bassist Barre Phillips. MORE

December 12, 2005

STEVE LANTNER TRIO

Blue Yonder
Skycap CAP 018

BRIAN WILLSON/YUKO FUJIYAMA/DOMINIC DUVAL
Things Heard Unheard
Deep Listening DL 31-2005

Breathing life into the standard piano trio, these innovative CDs approach the familiar piano-bass-percussion grouping from different perspectives.

Veteran Brooklyn-based drummer Brian Willson, on his first CD as a leader, builds the trio’s 10 improvisations from bottom up, while Boston-based pianist Steve Lantner’s five tracks work outwards from the keyboard. MORE

August 29, 2005

WALLY SHOUP TRIO

Blue Purge
Leo Records CD LR 412

IVO PERELMAN TRIO
Black on White
Clean Feed CF024CD

Exercises in aural color fields, both these trio CDs are helmed by committed improv saxophonists who are also involved in visual art. As well as advancing free music with anyone he can, Seattle-based alto saxophonist Wally Shoup merges the sophisticated with the primitive in his Outsider Art paintings. He created the hard-edged semi-abstract on his CD booklet cover. Meanwhile, Brazilian-born, Brooklyn-based tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman has been praised more in art circles for his abstract paintings over the past couple of years than he has been for his abrasive free sounds in the so-called jazz world. MORE

May 31, 2004

IVO PERELMAN DOUBLE TRIO

Suite for Helen F.
Boxholder BXH 038/039

Strength, stamina and chutzpah are the first three adjectives that come to mind when analyzing saxophonist Ivo Perelman’s performance on this two CD set.

Coming on like a contestant in one of those extreme sports competitions the Brazilian tenor man not only faces off against one bassist and drummer, but also another set at the same time. Similarly his version of a double trio doesn’t involve any slackers. Individually and together, bassists Dominic Duval and Mark Dresser and percussionists Gerry Hemingway and Jay Rosen have worked with nearly every experimental reedist of repute, including Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Mark Whitecage, Joe McPhee, Oliver Lake and Frank Gratkowski -- to name just a few. Besides Duval, Hemingway and Rosen have recorded with the saxman before. MORE

February 16, 2004

PAUL SMOKER

Duocity in Brass & Wood
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1155/56

DOMINIC DUVAL/MARK WHITECAGE
Rules of Engagement, Vol. 1
Drimala Records DR 03-347-03

Duo improvisations featuring a double bass and a horn are some of the hardest performances to realize. The challenge is compounded if the non-bass-playing partner only has a trumpet’s three valves and his embouchure with which to create. Thus Rochester, N.Y.-based trumpeter Paul Smoker should be complimented for sheer audacity. His double CD session of live, more than 60-minute duets with either Dominic Duval or Ed Schuller shows what can happen when two accomplished musicians strip down to the essentials and go at it with no preconceived notions. MORE

August 4, 2003

CECIL TAYLOR ENSEMBLE

The Light of Corona
FMP CD 120

Keeping your attention fixated on the centre ring on this three-ring circus performance by a Cecil Taylor nonet is only a little more difficult than usual.

That’s because while the piano-as-ferocious-lion taming act of pianist Taylor is as riveting as always, distractions abound. There are acrobatic leaps and bounds on show from the horn section and a definite clown act arising from one member of the rhythm section.

The overriding impression you’re left with following this 1986 performance from Berlin however, is how Taylor’s seeming omnipotent power can bend any group of musicians to his will. Also, as with nearly every Taylor production over the past 40 years, the organization and output of the music on the CD are more singular than what you’d find in any other airing by a nine-piece band. MORE

March 24, 2003

TRIO-X

In Black and White
Cadence Jazz Records JR 1144

MARK WHITECAGE TRIO The Paper Trail
Acoustics #ELE 413CD

Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s when New York jazzers wanted the perfect rhythm section, they usually made sure it included virtuosic bassist Paul Chamber and inventive drummer Art Taylor, or at least one of them. The same sort of situation seems to exist in advanced improvisational circles today, with bassist Dominic Duval and percussionist Jay Rosen, singly and together contributing their talents to numberless CDs. MORE

March 10, 2003

MARK WHITECAGE

Fractured Standards & Fairy Tales: Live on tour in Tours Vol. 1
Acoustics ELE 409CD

MARK WHITECAGE
Fractured Again: Live on tour in Tours Vol. 2
Acoustics ELE 412CD

Jingoistic Yank jazz fans may not believe this, but it still seems that the music and musicians get more appreciation in Europe than North America.

Take multi-reedman Mark Whitecage, for instance. Equally proficient on soprano and alto saxophone and clarinet, The Jersey City, N.J.-resident got his union card long ago, at age 12, in 1949 and since then has played with a whole variety of musicians. While his closest associations have been with musical explorers such as German vibist Gunter Hampel and his Galaxie Dream Band, singer Jeanne Lee and clarinetist Perry Robinson, blues and bebop aren’t that far beneath the surface when he improvises. He also spent several years with bassist Saheb Sarbib’s big band. MORE

September 3, 2001

Trio X

On tour … toronto/rochester
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1134

Accurately named, this cooperative group shouldn't be thought of as Joe McPhee's trio. For the contributions of bassist Dominic Duval and drummer Jay Rosen -- the Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones of American new jazz -- are as important to the success of this CD as the work of multi-instrumentalist McPhee.

Recorded live, mostly in Toronto, this nearly 74-minute session shows how the three can transfix audiences by working together to recast what's usually thought of as familiar material in such a way that so-called standards are made new. Plus, at the same time, the original tunes they perform contain enough interlocking compositional edges so that they're easily attached to a musical whole. MORE

May 31, 2001

HANS TAMMEN/DOMINIC DUVAL

The Road Bends Here
Leo Lab CD 072

Exceptional improvisers are able to "make it new" every time they perform or record. And it's this ability that set these folks apart from the poseurs. German guitarist Hans Tammen and American bassist Dominic Duval show they have the royal jelly with this release.

Particularly noteworthy is Tammen. Acknowledged as a first rate guitar experimenter who attaches mechanical devices to his unsuspecting electric instrument to create an original sound, his acoustic guitar playing here is as unlike his electric forays as both are from mainstream jazz guitar. It's as if a tenor saxophonist was able to resemble a balls-to-the-wall stylist on one disc, then perform equally impressively as a delicate microtonalist on the next. MORE