Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Théo Ceccaldi Trio, Carrousel

An improvising trio of violin, electric guitar and cello is a most unusual configuration. It can work in any number of different ways. Or, if things are not just right, it can be a flop. Thankfully that is by no means the case on the Théo Ceccaldi Trio album Carrousel (Ayler 129). In fact, just the opposite.

The trio is comprised of Théo on violin, Guillaume Aknine, electric guitar, and Valentin Ceccaldi on cello.

They segue effortlessly between some intricate, original sounding fused-new music compositional parts--penned mostly by Théo--jazz-style improvisations and avant excursions. Each member has something definite to say instrumentally, and as an ensemble they are peerless for developing a sound and proffering it creatively.

It's some fine chamber jazz that will give you much to ponder and appreciate. Grab it and you'll be glad, I think.

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