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Bach Coltrane - ENglish reviews
An inscrutable attempt by French saxophonist Imbert to link Bach and Coltrane spiritually by focusing on their church-rooted music, in which a dialogue occurs between jazz improvisers, baroque organ and the Manfred string quartet. ** Jazzwise - June 2008 Two ships that pass in the night - a mystic journey ! Mix healthy helpings of Bach's heady spiritually with lashings of John Coltrane's mysticism, blend in a string quartet, and organ, a countertenor and spice heavily with a saxophone, and voilà, you have Bach-Coltrane, the latest in a long line of releases from Zig-Zag Territoires, one of the country's leading recording labels. Roger Steptoe - Music News & Reviews for British in France - March 2008 [Blog of Bob Baker Fish->] It's these moments of fusion, the handover, where the classical and the improvised jazz intersect that are truly astounding as equal weight is given to both styles. There's high drama, Rossi's frenetic organ work giving rise to Bach's complexities, giving form to a much subtler platform of improvisation, whilst Coltrane's dark and lyrical Crescent is given three tracks for the ensemble to take apart and becomes shrieking blustering counterpoint to the mannered Baroque musings of Bach. Bob Baker Fish [Overgrownpath ->] Jazz saxophonist Raphaël Imbert has made an academic study of the spiritual elements of jazz and reveres John Coltrane, who said "my goal is to live a truly religous life and express it in my music", as the only true mystic in the history of jazz. For the CD Bach-Coltrane Imbert teams up with jazzers Jean-Luc Di Fraya (percussion) and Michel Péres (bass) for the Coltrane, the Manfred string quartet for the Bach, while classical organist André Rossi, counter tenor Gérard Lesne and Imbert spread themselves across a CD which is based on the saxophonist's credo of "wherever we come from, we are all musicians". Bach-Coltrane departs from the world of Jacques Loussier and the Modern Jazz Quartet by its willingness to ignore comfort zones as well as stylistic boundaries. Just one example is Gérard Lesne who ranges from the first air from Bach's Cantata BWV 170 to an unforgetable rendering of Coltrane's 'He nevuh said a mumbalin word' which is the main highlight on a disc of many highlights .