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mix of sun and clouds JASS


reference number : J2068
release date : 10/11/2016
Photos : (c) Manuel Miethe 2015

A propos du disque

It is said that Jass goes back far into the distant past. It is a rustic, perennial plant that roots deeply in soils, ranging from the most fertile to the chalkiest. It has even been seen to sprout between the paving stones of the “Lonyay Utca”, Budapest’s high street, built on the silt bed of the Danube. Even the noise and bustle of the city, with its unpredictable rhythms and the clattering of vigorous strings, does not stop its leaves from reaching up to embrace the sun’s rays as it prepares to burst into bloom. When its rhizomes are planted close to the river that irrigates the whole of Central Europe, Jass takes on a variegated hue. With warmer fragrances it is spicier… and spikier too. It can be influenced by transatlantic gulf streams, from Nantes to New York, and even climatic differences between East and West Coast, pollinating the fields of Jass with other perennials likes seeds blown from a dandelion clock.

This is where the nurseries and gardeners come in. To select seeds that will enable multiple blooming at different seasons; shy buds peeping through the frost of “Ansia da Separazione” or discrete tutti from the reeds releasing woody notes. Further into spring, the opiate and complex fragrances of “Forced Empathy”, blending into a powerful, heady sensation, on the edges of ecstasy. Jass offers capricious but undeniably sophisticated aromas. The last harvest, under the alchemical influence of bass and drums, bore the imprint of many different essences. Regular cutting and grafting has endowed the plant with the capacity to grow ex nihilo, even in the seediest gardens. The flower is at home everywhere: in the heat wave of “Wagonnet Songs” where Sebastien Boisseau’s upright bass is made white hot by the irradiating drums of John Hollenbeck, and under the intermittently thunderous skies of Samuel Blaser’s trombone. The fine, peaceful drizzle of “Missing Marc Suetterlyn” makes the heavy soil through which Alban Darche’s tenor ploughs deep swathes. Perfect seasons alternate sun and cloud. A balance nourished by beat and, more importantly, counterbeat. This is what our agricultural engineers recommend. Like the patience and attention to detail that are the prime qualities of the successful gardener.

Nurtured with passion in a favourable biotope, the plant will flourish in its fullest pomp. Of course, everything here is organic, with neither pesticides nor aggressive fertilisers. The leaves are alive with tiny detail and solid veins yielding a sweet, nutritive sap, often completely improvised. With this quartet, a lover of big landscapes and strong winds, nature reclaims its rights and its cycles. As the popular saying, quoted in many a gardener’s almanac, goes: “If at the Saint Bernard, the lake is frozen hard, by Saint Valentine the Jass will be doing just fine.”
Franpi Barriaux

Recorded by Andreas Stoffels at Studio in der Remise, Berlin, in June 2015. www.studioremise.com
Mixed and mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Recording, NYC. www.davedarlington.com
With special thanks to Olivier Ménard at CornerBox studio and Alain Herard at kontrabassberlin.de
LinerNotes written by Franpi Barriaux in May 2016. www.franpisunship.com, translated by Alan Fell.
John Hollenbeck plays Zildjian cymbals and crotales.
Alban Darche plays D'Addario Woodwinds reeds and Selmer saxophones.
Samuel Blaser plays and endorses Yamaha.
Sébastien Boisseau plays D'Addario strings.

“mix of sun and clouds” has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange) and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (“SACEM”), Institut Français and the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

press

revue, column, blog
Bird is the Worm (recommended)

radio, audio

tracklist

1 - Roman I - Alban Darche - 06:35
2 - Mix Of Sun And Clouds - John Hollenbeck- 10:46
3 - Bio - Alban Darche - 05:45
4 - Forced Empathy - John Hollenbeck - 05:48
5 - Wagonnet Song - Alban Darche 05:01
6 - Ansia Da Separazione - John Hollenbeck - 09:12
7 - Missing Marc Suetterlyn - Samuel Blaser - 05:23
8 - Lonyay Utca - Sébastien Boisseau - 04:23
9 - Roman II - Alban Darche - 03:46
Total Time 56:39

Connexions

other works with Samuel Blaser
JASS >>
Jean-Christophe Cholet - Alban Darche - Mathias Ruëgg >> Le tombeau de Poulenc

other works with Sébastien Boisseau
unit >> wavin'
le gros cube >> la martipontine
Le Cube >> Le Thé
le gros cube >> le gros cube VS katerine
le gros cube >> polar mood
Le Cube >> Autorité Culinaire
triade >> japan edition
triade >> l'ardu
a suivre... x'tet >> paris-calvance
a suivre... x'tet >> variations alterees
hazebrouck sextet >> frasques
d. casimir & yolk en cuisine >> Phonotaxis ou le génome de la vache
Le Cube >> Frelon Rouge
Wood (boisseau-donarier) >> WOOD
le gros cube >> queen bishop
JASS >>
Orphicube >> perception instantanée
alban darche hyprcub >> Crooked House
La Musique de Salon >> 1 salon, 2 musiciens
Orphicube >> Atomic Flonflons

other works with Alban Darche
Le Cube >> Le Thé
le gros cube >> la martipontine
le gros cube >> le gros cube VS katerine
le gros cube >> polar mood
Le Cube >> Autorité Culinaire
quartethno >> quartethno
olh acoustic >> une vie sans lune
jazzophone quartet >> blues for geo
jazzophone cie + tim berne >> mosaiques
qüntêt >> on the road enfin...
olh acoustic >> G. meets K.
jazzophone >> yellow suite
alban darche trio >> trickster
qüntêt >> vents dominants
alban darche trio >> brut ou demi sec?
d. casimir & yolk en cuisine >> Phonotaxis ou le génome de la vache
quartethno >> tawada
Le Cube >> Frelon Rouge
le gros cube >> queen bishop
JASS >>
Orphicube >> perception instantanée
alban darche hyprcub >> Crooked House
Qüntêt featuring Desdamona >> Mots croisés/ Crosswords
Orphicube >> Atomic Flonflons
Jean-Christophe Cholet - Alban Darche - Mathias Ruëgg >> Le tombeau de Poulenc

other works with John Hollenbeck
JASS >>

Photos : (c) Manuel Miethe 2015