The movement lasts almost about a minute and twenty seconds. At first listen, this movement appears to return to the wandering style introduced to the audience at the beginning of the work. It quickly develops however; but this expansion is limited and just as quickly returns to the beginning melody, in textbook ABA form. This movement is around forty-five seconds in length. This movement is completely distinct to all the other movements in the work. The piece is unapologetically dissonant, commanding, and march-like just as its title leads one to expect.
The repeating syncopated bass notes are a characteristic of this movement, which lasts about a minute.
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This movement's repeating bass immediately creates a sense of urgency until it opens up to a staccatoed and heavily-chordal melody that gradually grows in magnitude until one great final shove, after which the piece ends. A performance lasts just under a minute. This movement is distinctly polyphonic, and is scalar. The hands develop separately and outwardly i. This movement also lasts just under a minute.
The left hand melody proceeds unbothered by the ligher right hand accompaniment which is, of course, flipped of the normal. The piece grows to the top of the keyboard, where both hands participate in a sparkling, nearly-trill like shifting of chords. This movement lasts around fifty seconds.
Again, this movement returns to the wandering style of before, though somewhat more solid than its predecessors. Performances last about forty seconds. As its title suggest, this movement is more active and forceful, with a third-based development. The movement abruptly ends with a pounding bass exchange that both hands share. An introductory improvisation suits the beginning of Inquieto , which has two improvisations each very different from another. The album is very poetic especially when a solo instrumental improvisation sets the tone. One has to listen to Pierre-Yves Martel on the bass in the solo sections of the album to catch this poetic quality.
While Philippe Lauzier demonstrates fine soprano saxophone playing with a tone that is both light and playful adding a theatrical element to the Visions and bringing the original material into a sharper focus. There are some beautiful ensemble moments like on tr. Il Quartetski di Gordon Allen tromba , Isaiah Ceccarelli batteria , Philippe Lauzier sax e clarinetti e Pierre-Yves Martel contrabbasso va ancora un passo oltre e si lancia in una rivisitazione jazzistica.
A decade later, they have arrived — separately — with a trio of debut albums: But the group is working with a bigger palette — four musicians versus two — and a larger canvas: Although the group sometimes struggles under the weight, it also frequently rises to the occasion with surprising harmonic textures and deft interplay. The inaptly titled Allegretto tranquillo , raucous rather than calm, also gets high marks. On the other hand, the disc from Essoudry and Wellman , both living in Ottawa, succeeds most often when the music is more tranquil.
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The sax-drums combination is one of the most difficult in jazz to pull off, even in the hands of technical masters like John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. Essoudry and Wellman , of course, are not in that league, and their efforts at hard-charging improvisation are not nearly as effective as their meditative pieces, especially the delicate Jeweled Garden. Arranger and musical director Pierre-Yves Martel has reworked eighteen of the twenty Prokofiev pieces and scored them for the quartet, taking liberties with the music to make room for improvisation and interpretation.
With standard Italian indications like Lentamente and Allegretto , and the less common Ridicolosamente and Lento irrealmente the pieces are distilled treats of classical sensibility, and while the quartet respects the spirit of the pre-composed music, they thankfully take it outside the box, as in the trumpet smearing and gentle squeals and wind-patterns of the opening cut or the Don Cherry minimalist and quasi-dixieland playfulness of Commodo.
And while the personalities of these musicians are distinct, they blend convincingly.
Add to this an excellent use of texture changes, tempo fluctuations and equilibrium between the composed and the improvised and this makes for a disc that is both fun and serious. Similarly, Inquieto see-saws between droll buffo interludes featuring rubato trumpet braying and sweeping sul tasto string work and a brisk parade ground pulse, strengthened by pedal-point, bass-clarinet snorts. Chaque nouvelle manne de disques en provenance de nos camarades de chez DAME offre sa dose de surprises.
When I try to explain to non-musicians why I like improvised music I always settle for something like: You have to experience the excitement and intensity of great improvisation before you can come to appreciate it. Martel arranged the pieces for free-jazz quartet with the intention of using them as vehicles, bridges and platforms with which to explore new musical spaces. This passes into a mildly-playful interplay between the two hands, which somewhat abruptly comes to an end after some bright chords.
And great improvising - as numerous first-hand experiences have proved - is rare.
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The four musicians, trumpeter Gordon Allen , saxophonist Philippe Lauzier , drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli , and bassist and arranger Pierre-Yves Martel , came together to make music that spoke effortlessly for itself. The piece, written by the Russian master in , has a fair amount inspiration in it to begin with. This twenty-five second piece is uniformly light and playful rather scherzo -like , probably because the melody is rather disjunct, creating a humorous effect.
This movement is dance-like, with a gently rising melody which quickly blooms and fades away. This piece seems to imply A minor , though this has been undermined in the middle section with the appearance of E-flat and A-flat in the accompaniment. It ends with a perfect cadence in A minor.
Prokofiev: Visions Fugitives, op. 22
Like the movement before it, performance time lasts around twenty-five seconds. This movement begins with a narrante bass accompaniment somewhat reminiscent of the famous opening of Prokofiev's notorious Piano Concerto No. The right hand enters with a fleeting, fairy-like, sparkling melody which seems to develop aimlessly. Close to the end of the movement there is a sudden, dark bass chord played forte , and the movement quickly dies after that.
This movement has a performance time of around two minutes. This movement has one of the more traditional non-dissonant melodies of the work, though infused with certain modern elements. The harmonic and formal structures in this piece are based on 3rd relationships. The left hand provides a nocturne-style accompaniment for the piece. The piece, slightly over one minute in length, suggests cloud spotting on a warm spring day or some other happy scene from childhood.
A rising right hand melody breaks into a left hand run that becomes the new melody, which switches back to a bright right hand melody. The bass accompaniment is, in this case, to be played more prominently than usual because it complements the right hand melody, which is higher up on the keyboard and thus needs support if emphasis is desired. There are some bell-like tones right before the piece ends; its duration is approximately one minute.
The left hand plays a simple "up-down" motif repeatedly while the right hand begins a dissonant grace-note based melody. The movement, as its title suggests, is jumpy and comical, and usually lasts around a minute and fifteen seconds. This movement's melody is almost-exclusively in upwards or downwards appoggiatura-like scale fragments interspersed with punctuated, accented dissonances. However, the piece has a short, legato middle section in B-flat minor. A performance lasts about a minute.
This movement is noticeably heavier and more depressed than its predecessors. The entire temperament of the piece suggests something is wrong, but in a way which is slightly cautious as opposed to outright scared , since it is played mostly solidly.
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The movement lasts about a minute. At first listen, this movement appears to return to the wandering style introduced to the audience at the beginning of the work. It quickly develops, however, but this expansion is limited and just as quickly returns to the beginning melody.
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This movement, in ternary form, is around forty-five seconds in length. This movement, distinct from all the other movements in the work, is dissonant, commanding, and march-like, due to its driving, motoristic rhythm quite characteristic of a toccata. The repeating syncopated bass notes are a characteristic of this movement, which lasts around a minute.
This movement's repeating bass immediately creates a sense of urgency until it opens up to a heavily chordal staccato melody that gradually grows in magnitude until one great final shove, after which the piece ends. A performance lasts just under a minute. This movement is distinctly polyphonic and scalar.