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Album Review

Drummer Michel Lambert's five-part work "The Wanderer" (in French it is "Le Passant") opens up this CD. It matches together improvisers with nonimprovising but virtuosic classical musicians, pitting them against each other rather than seeking a blend. The seven remaining selections on this CD are free improvisations (most of them fairly brief) inspired by the orchestral suite. Individually, there are colorful moments from tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, the remarkable violinist Malcolm Goldstein, and bassist Dominic Duval. But as a composition, Le Passant is not all that memorable and sounds as random as some of the improvisations. The overall results should interest those with ears open to sound explorations but not those interested in third stream works.


Genre: Jazz

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

Juno Award winning drummer Michel Lambert, although recognized mostly for his colorful and innovative approach to the instrument, has quite a strong background in classical and jazz composition. Many of his jazz comp ositions have been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio in Canada. In 1992, Lambert's composition "Extraits du Journal des Episodes" received a premiere performance at the New Music Festival in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. As a drummer, Lambert has recorded and performed...
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