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The duo of bassist Joëlle Léandre and pianist Gianni Lenoci perform 14 free improvisations on this CD. Their music is often tonal with Lenoci leaving plenty of space and Léandre being very much the pianist's equal. In fact, when Léandre bows his bass, he comes close to dominating the music for he creates a variety of passionate and intense sounds. The music is sometimes almost melodic and at other times seems a bit random, but it succeeds on its own terms because the two musicians listen closely to each other and react quickly to each other's ideas. The overall results are thought-provoking and intriguing.


Born: 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Contrebassist and improviser Joëlle Léandre counts John Cage among her close mentors and has remained under-acknowledged for the amount -- and quality -- of her work since she began recording in 1981. Léandre has performed and recorded with many of the best, and most interesting, musicians in improvised music, including German bassist Peter Kowald, American reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton, Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, Australian violinist Jon Rose, vocalist Lauren Newton, and British guitarist...
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