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Avant Garde: Free Improvisation Jazz: Modern Free Jazz Moods: Type: Experimental
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Rafale

by Kaze

Melodic, abstract, mysterious, beautiful, and confrontational, Kaze plays free jazz at its most creative and powerful
Genre: Avant Garde: Free Improvisation
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
French drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost join Fujii
and Tamura to form an electrifying new quartet called Kaze on their
debut recording, Rafale. Fujii met Orins in November 2002, when her
Japanese quartet played on a double bill with Impression in Lille,
France. “I had very bad jet lag, but I didn’t feel sleepy at all
while they performed before our set because I was so fascinated with
their performance,” Fujii explains in her liner notes to the album.
“It was not like any music I had heard before. It is wild but it is
also very intellectual.”

Almost eight years later, she and Tamura had a chance to perform with
Orins and he suggested that they play with Pruvost as well. “His
playing is extraordinary—beyond our expectations,” Fujii says. “It
sounds unlike anything else.” Their next opportunity to play as a
quartet came eight months later in November 2010 in Krakow, where their
concert was recorded for Rafale.

The quartet has an instant chemistry and it’s clear from the beginning
that there’s no predicting where they will take the music. For
instance, on Orins’s “Marie – T,” drummer and pianist engage in a
duet of strange juxtapositions and odd contrasts, Fujii playing an
explosive, ebbing and flowing solo as Orins maintains a subdued,
even-keeled percussion commentary. Then as Fujii plays beautiful,
almost Chopin-like chords, Orins counters with eerie high-pitched
electronic tones. Tamura and Pruvost are trumpet soulmates, both
possessed of antic imaginations and an insatiable curiosity about the
kinds of sounds they can get from their instrument. Their opening duet
on “Polly” is an extraordinary dialogue of bizarre sounds produced by
extended techniques that is both wildly inventive and completely
musical. Even as Orins pushes the band with a punishing groove, the
trumpeters continue to banter back and forth, inspiring one another.
Fujii’s “The Thaw” brings out the group’s more lyrical side, but
they still mix sonic abstractions into their melodic improvising. “I
hope to keep this project going and see how it grows in future,” Fujii
says. “For musicians, getting good collaborators means a lot. It is
like getting the best friends in life.”

Orins and Pruvost are both members of the musicians’ collective,
Muzzix, based in Lille, France. Orins leads Impression, a quintet that
has been described as “always on the lookout for new sounds.” The
band cites Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, Tim Berne, Steve Coleman, and
Jim Black as influences, but it charts its own sound, in which “rhythm
is of the essence, as well as a dynamic exchange between the band
members.” Pruvost, a member of Impressions, is also a leader in his
own right, and has recorded a widely praised album of solo trumpet
improvisations, Ipteravox.


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