7:00pm, Give What You Can
The latest incarnation of the international project the Transatlantic Bridge, bringing together creative musicians from France and Chicago, offers further explorations as Escape Lane. Alexandre Pierrepont, organizer of these projects, writes:
"A singularity, guitarist Jeff Parker sometimes seems to hammer away at his instrument, equipped with a grammar of undulations and oscillations whose natural flow he thwarts with an extremely rich vocabulary of noise. When many others are thundering on their instrument, Marquis Hill is unique in the sense that he would rather work on his structure—paradoxically woody—and deepen its network of ridges and sap. Joachim Florent, on the other hand, develops on his double bass thick broken and bumpy lines, whose volume he stretches and whose tentacles he stretches—with a slenderness that all but evokes some of his respected predecessors, from Charlie Haden on. This leaves the singular Denis Fournier, master of the art of fluttering on the ovals and lozenges of skins and metals, and on the dilated orbits of this drums—to the extent that it seems that he can vaporize rhythms. With him, with them, there is no doubt that there will always be a lyrical component in the midst of an enchanting improvisation; an improvisation that sings."