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Francois Houle, Benoit Delbecq – Nancali (1997 FLAC)

Francois Houle, Benoit Delbecq - Nancali (1997 FLAC)

Francois Houle, Benoit Delbecq – Nancali (1997 FLAC)

Artist: Francois Houle, Benoit Delbecq
Album: Nancali
Release/Reissue: 1997
Genre: Contemporary Jazz

01. Morning Dance
02. Early Dance
03. Late Dance
04. Rhizome I
05. Synonymes
06. Nancali
07. Rhizome II
08. Sunancali
09. Rhyzome III
10. Panymes
11. Plateaux
12. Rhyzome IV
13. Eponymes

With the death of John Carter, there are so few outstanding jazz clarinetists that Canadian François Houle’s startlingly original voice is revelatory. The clarinetist’s influences are varied, drawing on new classical music and the entire jazz tradition. Here, he plays in tandem with Benoit Delbecq, who joins his colleague on piano (which in some cases is preprogrammed). Most of the music is improvised, and much of it is surprisingly slow and wistful. Several of the tracks are dedications, giving an idea of their direction: for example, “Rhizome I (For Guillermo Gregorio),” “Rhizome III (For Joëlle Léandre),” and “Rhizome IV (For Arnold Schoenberg).” There is often a chamber feel, particularly from Delbecq, while Houle’s extended technique infuses the recording with unusual twists.