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Thomas Savy, clarinette basse - Bill Stewart, batterie - Scott Colley, basse
1. Part I: Ouverture
2. Part II: Ignition
3. Part III: Atlantique Nord
4. Part IVa: E & L
5. Part V: My Big Apple
6. Part VI:-Stones
7. Part VII: Ballade de Stephen Edward
8. Come Sunday
9. Part IVb: L & E
10. Lonnie's Lament
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on August 22, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Well in case you haven't guessed it by the title of my review. I'm a big fan of the bass clarinet, especially in a jazz setting such as what we have here on frenchman Thomas Savy's latest offering, The French Suite. I bought this album totally blind. My only comfort was Savy's trio mates are two of my favorite jazz men. Acoustic bassist Scott Colley who has played with everyone from guitarists Jim Hall & Adam Rogers to saxophonist Chris Potter along with way to many others to list here. The same goes for drummer Bill Stewart who is probably one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene period. This album is really beautiful but you may tire of the instrumentation if your not a serious fan of the bass clarinet (which is one of the harder woodwind instruments to play). In Thomas Savy's hands it produces a rich sonorious tone with total command of all the registers not unlike James Carter & Eric Dolphy. What pleases me about this album is the bass clarinet is the featured solo voice from start to finish. I have grown very tired of sax men who play bass clarinet but only feature it on one, maybe two tunes if your lucky. The music is a mixture of Savy originals the suite followed by two covers a ballad treatment of Duke Ellington's Come Sunday & a slick reading of Coltrane's Lonnie's Lament. I won't bother with a track by track review. Instead I'll tell the reader that this album is hardcore jazz in the vain of Eric Dolphy or the Ornette Coleman trio. It is mostly straight up with touches of the avant gard. The trio functions in a three way dialogue with touches of a chamber group. Thomas Savy is definitely the leader but he allows his sidemen the necessary freedoms that make a good trio, & why wouldn't he given the caliber of his rhythm section. I highly recommend this album to listeners of the adventurous variety. Check it out!
on July 4, 2011
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I've heard a lot of jazz and clarinet music of all sorts and I must that say I enjoy this CD as much as any other modern clarinet jazz I've ever heard. That said, it is not intended to demean Dolphy, Maupin, Coltrane or any other b.clarinet players. I just personally like this better. Excellent compositions and performances. Quite lyrical, very cool, never dull or boring and the players are all together & in top form. It all fits well together. There isn't a lot of obligatory squawking or other nonsense going on that one must accept & tolerate for art's sake or because it happens to be so and so performing or to simply satisfy jazz elitists. If I had to pin a tag on Thomas Savy, I would say he is somewhat a Paul Desmond type modernist of the early 21st century clarinet. Nice tone, thoughtful presentations, and far more cool than frantic. I'd make this purchase again in a New York (or Paris) second.
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