Reviews that mention Delphine Latil

June 10, 2011

Sonny Simmons and Delphine Latil

Symphony of the Peacocks
Improvising Beings ib04

By Ken Waxman

Symphony of the Peacocks may be the oddest entry in the discography of reedist Sonny Simmons, who has been recording for about half a century. It’s not that he plays English horn as well as alto saxophone here or even that at one point he sings. This CD is unique because the only accompaniment for Simmons’ playing is the concert harp of Delphine Latil. A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris who usually plays in chamber music and orchestral circumstances, the 23-year-old harpist adapts her style to follow 75-year-old Simmons’ eccentric soloing. Still this May-December – perhaps February-December would be more appropriate – musical pairing seems to work most of the time. MORE