Reviews that mention Edward Perraud

July 18, 2017

Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud

En Corps Generation
Dark Tree: Records D107

Roberto Negro

Garibaldi Plop

Triocollectif Trico 08

Time-honored but tractable, the piano-bass-drums trio has been an intricate part of Jazz since the late 1940s, with its appropriately balanced triangle of sounds making it ideal for concepts ranging from Oscar Peterson’s precision to The Necks experimentation. Like Gallic reimagining of American film noir, two made-in-France trios are some of the most recent to expand on this formula. And like varied theories of viniculture each creates its product in a unique, though electrifying form. MORE

August 6, 2016

Festival Report

Ljubljana Jazz Festival
By Ken Waxman

Located on both banks of the picturesque Ljubljanica River, Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, is a pleasant city containing, unique historical edifices mostly designed by the city’s early 20th century starchitect Jože Plečnik. Ljubljana is replete with pedestrian-only areas, especially near the iconic Triple Bridge, with parts of its main street restricted to public transit and bicycles. In modern times, Ljubljana has been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, under Italian or French control, ruled by native dictators and kings and a member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Declaring independence in 1991, Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004. Always supportive of improvised music, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival celebrated its 57th anniversary June 29th-July 2nd this year. Performances were presented in different indoor spaces and the back-garden of the multi-level Cankarjev Dom cultural centre, one of Europe’s largest. MORE

August 1, 2014

Festival Report

Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin 2014
By Ken Waxman

The KulturBrauerei’s music space Kesselhaus in East Berlin was a fitting site for the eighth annual Jazzdor-Strasbourg-Berlin (JSB) festival June 3-6. With jazz and improvised music’s universality now a given, a festival presenting mostly French jazz taking place in what had been one of Berlin’s oldest breweries, now repurposed from industrial to artistic use, doesn’t seem that much of a stretch.

Overall its all-inclusive musical theme was confirmed by the programming of JSB’s artistic director Philippe Ochem and his team, which already host Strasbourg’s annual Jazzdor festival. Over four nights, JSB presented musician from different parts of Germany, Belgium and the US plus proudly delineated Basque and Corsican players, all of whom worked with improvisers from France’s major musical centres. MORE

January 27, 2013

The Fish

Moon Fish
Clean Feed CF 254 CD

Thomas Tilly & Jean-Luc Guionnet

Stones Air Axioms

Circum-Disc LX 005

Jean-Luc Guionnet may not be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but the opposing musical personalities he reveals on these and in other situations suggests this duality – at least in a sonic sense. Paris-based and a members of the microtonal Hubbub quintet – hm, we could be getting into Three Faces of Eve territory here – on his own Guionnet can be the very epitome of the go-for-broke hard blowing Free Jazz saxophonist, as he demonstrates on Moon Fish. However his other persona is that of a composer/performer of New music. MORE

December 25, 2012

Eve Risser/Benjamin Duboc/Edward Perraud

EN CORPS
Dark Tree DT02

Dunietz/Edwards/Noble

Cousin It

Hopscotch Records Hop 23

Two explorations of the classic piano trio format shows that there’s still a lot to discover in this configuration, Nonetheless, both performances are made more viable by an avoidance of prettiness while still demonstrating complementary impulses emanating from keyboard, double bass and drums.

Cousin It was recorded in 2008, but just recently released and is seemingly no relation – and much less hirsute – than The Adams Family’s Cousin Itt. During the course of eight improvisations things get hairy only occasionally as bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble, who singly or together have recorded with everyone from Evan Parker to Derek Bailey, work out strategies to fit the often startling mercurial outbursts from Israeli pianist Maya Dunietz. Dunietz, a musical polymath, only counts improvisation as one part of her skill set. She has created sound installations, been lead singer for a couple of hard-core bands, been part of a multi-ethnic choir and composes music for theatre and formal ensembles. MORE

January 20, 2012

Jean-Luc Cappozzo-Edward Perraud

Suspension
Creative Sources CS 168 CD

Rafale

Kaze

Circum-Libra Records 201

Trumpet-percussion duos are about as common as they are popular. The simple reason for this is that it takes invention and stamina for three valves and tubing to produce as varied and audible sounds as the noisemakers in a drummer’s complete kit.

As he attests on the nearly-one-hour, multi-sectioned improvisation that makes up Suspension, Jean-Luc Cappozzo hardly lets this sort of situation upset him. Not only has the Luzillé, France-based trumpeter and bugler worked over time with the likes of bassist Joëlle Léandre and pianist Sophia Domancich, but he learned his trade in a military brass band. Similarly Paris-based drummer Edward Perraud is no Buddy Rich-styled basher. If anything he’s the converse in that he’s best-known as a member of the minimalist quintet Hubbub. MORE

October 25, 2011

Hubbub

Hubbub Whobub
Matchless MRCD 80

Self-controlled and self-directed, CDs by this Swiss/French microtonal quintet usher listeners into a unique soundworld which they either accept or not. Doing so isn’t an onerous task, but Hububb – consisting of saxophonists Jean-Luc Guionnet and Bertrand Denzler, pianist Frédéric Blondy, guitarist Jean-Sébastien Mariage and percussionist Edward Perraud – is self-contained in its sonic imagery. Like the United Kingdom’s AMM and Australia’s The Necks, Hububb is one of those groups which negate easy comparisons to other musicians or bands. MORE

January 1, 2010

Dok Wallach

Live in Lisbon
Jazzwerkstatt JW 076

Das Kapital

Ballads & Barricades

Quark 004

Creating an individual identity within the oeuvre of another musician is always a challenge – especially if the subject is world famous. The Das Kapital trio and the Dok Wallach quartet – both featuring German tenor saxophonist Daniel Erdmann – evolve strategies to manage this transformative feat. Tellingly, the individual game plans are as different as the bands’ make up and the composers featured. MORE

January 1, 2010

Das Kapital

Ballads & Barricades
Quark 004

Dok Wallach

Live in Lisbon

Jazzwerkstatt JW 076

Creating an individual identity within the oeuvre of another musician is always a challenge – especially if the subject is world famous. The Das Kapital trio and the Dok Wallach quartet – both featuring German tenor saxophonist Daniel Erdmann – evolve strategies to manage this transformative feat. Tellingly, the individual game plans are as different as the bands’ make up and the composers featured. MORE

January 27, 2009

Eric Brochard-Jean-Luc Guionnet-Edward Perraud

[on]
In Situ IS 241

Jean-Luc Guionnet/Benjamin Duboc

W

Amor Fati Fatum 012

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Toshimaru Nakamura

MAP

Potlatch P108

Three aural snapshots of contemporary French improv, taken at two- and three-year intervals, these CDs feature Lyon-native Jean-Luc Guionnet acquitting himself distinctively on alto saxophone and a bit of electric organ.

Now a Paris resident, the 42-year-old Guionnet is a self-taught instrumentalist who studied fine arts and aesthetics at the Sorbonne. One of the Gallic musicians committed in part to the reductioinist style, as he demonstrates on these sessions, the saxophonist is also a member of the band Hubbub with drummer Edward Perraud, who is also featured on [on]. Other exercises in lower-case improv here match him up with fellow practitioners from near – bassists Benjamin Duboc from Paris or Eric Brochard from Poitiers – and far – Japanese no-input board mixer Toshimaru Nakamura. MORE

January 27, 2009

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Toshimaru Nakamura

MAP
Potlatch P108

Jean-Luc Guionnet/Benjamin Duboc

W

Amor Fati Fatum 012

Eric Brochard-Jean-Luc Guionnet-Edward Perraud

[on]

In Situ IS 241

Three aural snapshots of contemporary French improv, taken at two- and three-year intervals, these CDs feature Lyon-native Jean-Luc Guionnet acquitting himself distinctively on alto saxophone and a bit of electric organ.

Now a Paris resident, the 42-year-old Guionnet is a self-taught instrumentalist who studied fine arts and aesthetics at the Sorbonne. One of the Gallic musicians committed in part to the reductioinist style, as he demonstrates on these sessions, the saxophonist is also a member of the band Hubbub with drummer Edward Perraud, who is also featured on [on]. Other exercises in lower-case improv here match him up with fellow practitioners from near – bassists Benjamin Duboc from Paris or Eric Brochard from Poitiers – and far – Japanese no-input board mixer Toshimaru Nakamura. MORE

January 27, 2009

Jean-Luc Guionnet/Benjamin Duboc

W
Amor Fati Fatum 012

Eric Brochard-Jean-Luc Guionnet-Edward Perraud

[on]

In Situ IS 241

Jean-Luc Guionnet & Toshimaru Nakamura

MAP

Potlatch P108

Three aural snapshots of contemporary French improv, taken at two- and three-year intervals, these CDs feature Lyon-native Jean-Luc Guionnet acquitting himself distinctively on alto saxophone and a bit of electric organ.

Now a Paris resident, the 42-year-old Guionnet is a self-taught instrumentalist who studied fine arts and aesthetics at the Sorbonne. One of the Gallic musicians committed in part to the reductioinist style, as he demonstrates on these sessions, the saxophonist is also a member of the band Hubbub with drummer Edward Perraud, who is also featured on [on]. Other exercises in lower-case improv here match him up with fellow practitioners from near – bassists Benjamin Duboc from Paris or Eric Brochard from Poitiers – and far – Japanese no-input board mixer Toshimaru Nakamura. MORE

January 22, 2009

Christopher Rocher Trio

Extenz’O
Marmouzic MAR 004

Staking out an original sound circuit where Free Improv meets Heavy Metal is this combo from the Loire area of France that could truthfully be described as a power trio that includes a clarinetist.

While the unexpected rhythmic base and technical sophistication of the performance ensures that Extenz’O avoids serious comparison with Rush, AC/DC or any metal variant, certainly the power and exuberance trio members bring to this CD would be the envy of any rock’n’roller.

At the same time communication advances such as the Internet allows one member of this close-knit trio – drummer Edward Perraud – to reside in Paris, while the other two are in Brest. Among many other projects he participates in, Perraud is a charter member of Hubbub. Meanwhile clarinetist Christopher Rocher and guitarist Olivier Benoit are leaders of different local formations plus organizers of regional festivals and improvisational meetings. Both members of the Circum orchestra, Rocher has also worked with saxophonists such as Assif Tsahar and Daunik Lazro plus l’Art Ensemble of Brest; while Benoit directs the 25-piece La Pieuvre orchestra and has played with, among others, Lazro, and Jean-Luc Guionnet, another member of Hubbub. MORE

January 12, 2009

Phat

La Grande Peste
Insubordinations Net Label inc 26

Abdelhaï Bennani Trio

There Starts the Future

Ayler Records aylCD-083

Free improvisation’s ying and yang are aptly demonstrated on these two French saxophone-bass-and-drum trio sessions. If Phat’s La Grande Peste is frantic and supercharged, rappelling through six tracks in 35 minutes, then the Abdelhaï Bennani Trio’s There Starts the Future is mercurial and discursive, with the band microscopically researching the limits of two extended improvisations for more than an hour. While the first CD is suffused with punkish energy and enthusiasm, Bennani’s more methodical session achieves a singular niche because its game plan is as different as it is unique. Interestingly enough, both saxophonists are men of the south, the Mediterranean Sea and the Mistral. Phat’s alto and bass saxophonist Heddy Boubaker was born in 1963 in Marseilles and now lives near Toulouse. Born in Fès in Morocco in 1950, Abdelhaï Bennani studied in Marseilles around the time Boubaker was in his teens, then moved to Paris, when he has been affiliated with players as distinctive as bassist Alan Silva, guitarist Camel Zekri and drummer Makoto Sato. MORE

January 12, 2009

Abdelhaï Bennani Trio

There Starts the Future
Ayler Records aylCD-083

Phat

La Grande Peste

Insubordinations Net Label inc 26

Free improvisation’s ying and yang are aptly demonstrated on these two French saxophone-bass-and-drum trio sessions. If Phat’s La Grande Peste is frantic and supercharged, rappelling through six tracks in 35 minutes, then the Abdelhaï Bennani Trio’s There Starts the Future is mercurial and discursive, with the band microscopically researching the limits of two extended improvisations for more than an hour. While the first CD is suffused with punkish energy and enthusiasm, Bennani’s more methodical session achieves a singular niche because its game plan is as different as it is unique. Interestingly enough, both saxophonists are men of the south, the Mediterranean Sea and the Mistral. Phat’s alto and bass saxophonist Heddy Boubaker was born in 1963 in Marseilles and now lives near Toulouse. Born in Fès in Morocco in 1950, Abdelhaï Bennani studied in Marseilles around the time Boubaker was in his teens, then moved to Paris, when he has been affiliated with players as distinctive as bassist Alan Silva, guitarist Camel Zekri and drummer Makoto Sato. MORE

December 4, 2007

The Fish

Live at Olympic Café & Jazz à Mulhouse
Ayler Records aylCD 008/057

Screaming, screeching Energy Music – but with cerebral insight – this two-CD set confirms that no-holds-barred Aylerian Free Jazz continues to thrive and vibrate in France and elsewhere. Paradoxically enough though, The Fish’s alto saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet and drummer Edward Perraud are also members of Hubbub, the French quintet whose approach to improvisation is hushed and minimalist to the extreme.

Yet on the three long tracks here, recorded in a Paris café and at an Alsatian jazz festival, Guionnet plays with boisterous, unbridled, piercing intensity, as Perraud rolls, rebounds and smashes in a Rashied Ali-like fashion. Third Fish is bassist Benjamin Duboc, veteran of many other Euro improv bands, who alternately thumps powerful beats or shuffle bows and resonates unexpected arco string patterns. MORE

March 14, 2005

Hubbub

Hoib
Matchless

Charles/Denzler/Mariage/Werchowski
Metz
Creative Sources

By Ken Waxman
March 14, 2005

Part of the wave of minimalistic improvisers who somehow manage to appropriate the mechanics of electronic timbres for acoustic instruments, these two French groups still affirm that small intervals, diminutive resonance and near-static harmony can provide memorable music if you ignore the so-called proper way that instruments should sound.

Hubbub tries to transcend the tone question from the beginning. Each of its CDs lists only the players names, not the instruments they play. For the record the band is made up of Jean-Luc Guionnet on soprano and alto saxophones, Bertrand Denzler on tenor saxophone, Frédéric Blondy on piano, guitarist Jean-Sébastian Mariage and drummer Edward Perraud. MORE

October 6, 2003

HUBBUB

Hoop Whoop
Matchless MRCD 53

RETURN OF THE NEW THING
Traque
Ayler Records aylCD-010

Proof once again that improvising musicians can thrive in any circumstance, no matter the label, is provided with these two, mostly in-concert, CDs.

HOOP WHOOP is a refined slice of microtonal EuroImprov by five questing French musicians captured at a festival in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy. In contrast, TRAQUE is a hell-bent-for-leather slab of ferocious Free Jazz/Free Improv recorded by three French and one British players live and in the studio. MORE

May 12, 2003

WARBURTON/GUIONNET/LA CASA

Métro Pré Saint Gervais
Chloë 002

ARTHUR DOYLE/DAN WARBURTON/EDWARD PERRAUD
The Basement Tapes
Durtro 063CD

You really can’t argue with the title of the more than 64-minute slice of musique concrète on MÉTRO PRÉ SAINT GERVAIS. That’s because Eric La Casa took his mics into the bowls of that Paris subway station and recorded French alto saxophonist

Jean-Luc Guionnet and British violinist Dan Warburton improvising in real time right on the subway platform.

As the disc rotates you see how well the two improvisers react to the found sound around them, including the noisy arrival and the departure of the Métro trains, buzzes of mechanized noises, announcements blaring from the sound system, passing footfalls and crowd noises and snatches of cross talk from the passengers -- men, women and children, French and foreign. MORE