With a hypersensitive lyricism and dialogue taken to an art form, this duo demonstrates a rare ability to flow totally with the energy of the moment. The playing is supreme, the improv' sparkling,...
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CD Wo! Man Archie Shepp & Joachim Kühn
With a hypersensitive lyricism and dialogue taken to an art form, this duo demonstrates a rare ability to flow totally with the energy of the moment. The playing is supreme, the improv' sparkling, and there's unabated faith in the moment, in instinct, in the other. Whether conjuring up the Babelian memory of standards, interpreting their own compositions or letting loose in free improvisation immersed in blues-infused sound, they stand on the same continental divide. Music carries them far and away. Both musicians have a similar way of putting their freedom on the line in the moment of improvisation; They challenge themselves, veering toward encounter, toward the music. They share on approach, the mastery, the energy, fully engaging body and soul, holding nothing back. They are two musical powerhouses, two fragile musicians who experience, and complete, one other. A face to face , in between an intertwining of brilliance and lyricism, tradition and free song. They transmit the idea that jazz, more than a genre in the strict sense of the term, is a circle of influence, an expanse, a field, a space-time that holds all the sounds in the word, encompasses the entire history of the vast continuum of Black-American music-a collusion of soft and clashing sounds, with the sole and ultimate aim of achieving even greater freedom. Franck Médioni