Trois plans on the comete

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Trois plans on the comete
Studio album by François Raulin Trio



Label (s) HatOLOGY

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Genre (s)

Jazz , new improvisation music

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Werner X. Uehlinger

Studio (s)

Pernes Les Fontaines

Trois plans on the comete Sept variations on Lennie Tristano
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Bruno Chevillon, Moers Festival 2006

Trois plans sur la comète is a jazz album by the François Raulin Trio, which was recorded on October 30th and 31st and November 1st, 2002 in the La Buissonne studio by Gérard de Haro in Pernes Les Fontaines .

The album

After two albums recorded as a duo with Stéphan Oliva, which dealt with the music of Lennie Tristano such as Sept variations sur Lennie Tristano , François Raulin recorded an album in 2002 that was based on the drum-less trio formation with Jimmy Giuffre in the early 1960s worked with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow . Raulin used this format with his musical partners, the saxophonist François Corneloup and the bassist Bruno Chevillon for different musical directions, which are mixed in the process; Elements of the chamber music ( LS Drive ), dance music ( Leopold Danse ) with improvised music ( Roma , Les Graines ), Voice pieces and the imaginary folklore ( Légère Houle ).

For Philippe Carles , this mixture is also reflected in the different origins of the three musicians. Bruno Chevillon worked in various formations of André Jaume and the Groupe de Recherche et L'improvisation in Marseille (GRIM), while Corneloup began his career in the company of Bernard Lubat . Raulin himself comes from the Association à la Recherche d'un Folklore Imaginaire (ARFI) and worked with Louis Sclavis .

Already from the opening moments of the album it becomes clear that the strategy of this trio is to combine elements of classical music with improvisational, chamber music jazz. Raulin allows his partners room for solos, so Corneloup has a nearly two-minute solo on the baritone saxophone ( chant ); Chevillon plays a crossed Arco introduction to Calligraphes , before the piece turns into a lovely tango with soprano saxophone lines recorded in a multi-track process.

Soho begins in the free form, with a groaning baritone saxophone playing by Francois Corneloup, before the piece spirals in a propulsive rhythm that is reminiscent of a puffing locomotive. In his solo Raulin then plays on the prepared piano, which ties in with the sound experiments of John Cage . In Soho , the musicians create “an overwhelming visual language that is due to Corneloup's series of billowing undercurrents as he follows his fellow players with a veil of uncertainty with his baritone saxophone,” according to the critic Glenn Astarita; Ressords is "dominated by Comeloups angular approach and his gloomy tone, while Raulin answers the saxophonist with jagged statements from chord clusters".

The pieces, most of which were composed by Raulin, have “a strict thematic basis from which free improvisation develops”. Another stylistic feature of several pieces are the unison choruses played sharply by Corneloup and Raulin , as in the first track L. S. Drive

Rating of the album

François Corneloup at a concert with Henri Texier in Paris, March 2007

The critic Brian Olewnick awarded the album in Allmusic with four out of five stars. In his review he emphasized the balance between composed and freely improvised passages: “Whenever you think things are going too precious, he enters a cutting comment or an unexpected abstraction, which on the one hand makes the music more accessible to you Mainstream makes ears used to, and on the other hand sharp enough for fans of the experimental avant-garde ”.

Olewnick sums up: “Impressively thought out and superbly played” is Trois plans sur la cométe “a hidden treasure in the hatOLOGY catalog and a work that should not be overlooked, also in view of the more well-known artists of this label.” The highlight of the album for him is Title Song for Oime , whose prelude reminds one of Anthony Davis and finally stumbles into a baritone-led complaint that is of heartbreaking urgency.

Glenn Astarita wrote in his review in All About Jazz that “ultimately, her key to success is the transparent transformation of the various genres between classical, chamber jazz and improvisation. The musicians mixed romantic ideas with exuberant interplay by successfully creating a balance between classical rigor and controlled chaos. And regardless of whether the music seems contemplative or exuberant, the musicians here covered a large area with their immensely optimistic playing posture. "

The titles

François Raulin Trio: Trois plans sur la comète (hatOLOGY 582)

  1. LS Drive 5:27
  2. Soho 6:14
  3. Chant 1:53
  4. Calligraphes (Corneloup) 6:20
  5. Trois plans sur la comète (Raulin / Corneloup / Chevillon) 2:51
  6. Ressords 4:11
  7. Les graines 3:46
  8. Leopold danse 5:57
  9. Song for Olme 5:04
  10. Fidget 3:05
  11. En bateau dans la forêt (Raulin / Corneloup / Chevillon) 0:58
  12. Hello Georges (Raulin, after G. Ligeti ) 3:55
  13. Légère Houle 3:14

Compositions unspecified are by François Raulin


  • Philippe Carles: Liner notes of the album Trois plans sur la comète (hatOLOGY)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. See Philippe Carles, Liner Notes
  2. a b c Glenn Astarita in All About Jazz
  3. a b c d Olewnick, Allmusic.