Pierre Favre Ensemble - Fleuve (2006)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Creative | Label: ECM | # ECM 1977, 985 6355 | 00:52:01
It's hard to imagine that a group as bottom-heavy as percussionist Pierre Favre's new ensemble could actually sound light and ethereal. But Fleuve does just that. With a septet featuring two basses, tuba/serpent, percussion and, at times, bass clarinet, there's no shortage of warmth and depth. But with guitar, harp and soprano saxophone fleshing out the middle and top end, Fleuve manages to have both weight and an airy ambience that works, in no small part, due to Favre's carefully crafted compositions and the kind of sonic transparency that's long been a defining aspect of the ECM aesthetic.