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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby


Yves Robert


ECM 1787 016 375 - 2


Yves Robert - trombone

Vincent Courtois - violoncello

Cyril Atef - drums

Recorded March 2001, Paris.


1. In Touch

2. Let's Lay Down

3. La Tendresse

4. In Touch var.1

5. L' Air D' Y Toucher

6. Basculement Du Desir

7. In Touch var.2

This is unusual music performed by a highly unusual ensemble both in terms of style and instrumentation. I must confess that I approached it with a greater than normal sense of trepidation. Whilst I cannot claim to understand everything contained on this disc, I must say that I was delighted by the pieces presented here. This is, once again, music that does not fit into the accepted norm in the sense of categorisation. It can claim to be Jazz in that it contains a great degree of improvisation and experimentation. It would also be possible to link it to earlier types of Classical music with the often chorale - like harmonies and the Baroque sense of counterpoint. It is assuredly Avant -Garde but is not at all difficult in the manner of presentation. Perhaps the best contemporary music often falls into the area which can only be termed a conglomeration and it is therefore the duty of the critic to forget about the concept of hanging everything on to a convenient peg.

Whilst a track by track analysis would not be appropriate as it is far more helpful to allow music such as this to permeate the senses, I feel it might give some preconception to describe the opening selection. This begins with the cello giving what could be seen as an orchestral background which is then joined by the muted trombone playing in a high register and sounding eerily like a human voice singing. The drums push the piece into a tempo which is very North African in its style and the whole begins to swing in quite a pronounced manner. The other selections are varied and rich in their creativity. I would recommend this disc as an enjoyable and informative insight into the more experimental areas of modern music.

Dick Stafford

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