about this album
There is fantasy-like spirit in Bruno Regnier, composer and director of the X’tet, with a sense of abruptness allowing rich influences ranging from Ellington, silence itself, to Gil Evans. The “X’tet’s” new disc on the label Yolk, is comprised of thirteen musicians, (a number highly symbolic isn’t it?), where this big band of Regnier displays festive outbursts on En attendant l’ecco, darkening the evening on Turb’s, or handling rhythmic complexities on Hop(e) ‘n’ ouane… All in all, there is a sense of unison in Regnier’s big band, where the variety of timbers and multiple ambiences on A suivre, are anything other than hindering to the listener. Experimenting with nuances is also heard in the magnificent Pitchhounes. We cannot forget Ecco Uno, and its frantic journey against the clock, understated by an extraordinary rhythm section. Regnier amuses himself, bringing his music to a boil while orienting his orchestral fetishes through different musical angles. Once again said, this is an incredible introduction for a true “chef” of the orchestral pallet.