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The twin brothers François and Louis Moutin co-lead this intriguing post-bop jazz quartet. The group is called a "reunion" because, after growing up together, the Moutins played music thousands of miles apart from each other for 11 years when bassist François moved to the U.S. while drummer Louis chose to stay in France. Despite the time spent apart, the close communication between the Moutins makes this quartet sound very tight even on the most complex material. François and Louis contributed four challenging pieces apiece; they reharmonize "Stompin' at the Savoy" and take an almost unrecognizable "Beyond the Sea" as a bass/drums duet. Some of the pieces are introverted, while others (such as "Jazz Married" and "Sailing Through the Clouds") are full of rollicking playing or unusual rhythms ("Taking Off"). Although the results are sometimes a bit dry, the adventurous solos of pianist Baptiste Trotignon and American saxophonist Rick Margitza help keep the music consistently unpredictable.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

When Parisian natives and twin brothers Louis (drums) and François Moutin (upright bass) came up with the name Moutin Reunion Quartet, it was a bit of a joke. The word "reunion" speaks to the fact the brothers were forming a band some 30 years after they first played together, at the age of five. The two were influenced by their parents' large, mostly jazz record collection. Louis started on piano and François on guitar, but both switched to their current instruments by the age of 20. Louis left...
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