This is a well-matched European outfit of Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto, Benjamin Duboc on contrabass and Edward Perraud on drums.
The Fish plays hard driving, muscular music. Instead of textures and odd sounds only obtained by using extended instrumental techniques, you can find here the broken phrasing and the polyrhythmic balance which defines Albert Ayler’s influence on the present day creative jazz.
Not considering themselves (only double bassist Benjamin Duboc is more close to that legacy) to be jazz musicians, the members of this trio present us a kind of hyper-realistic creation: a more real version of free jazz than the “new thing” itself.
Every time you can sense that this is free jazz executed by outsiders, but the results couldn’t seem more authentic – and that’s the reason for the delicious strangeness of this proposal.
It’s like free jazz is being reinvented…
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