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Courvoisier: Abaton

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An album by Abaton, Erik Frielander, Mark / Friedlander, Erik Feldman, Mark Feldman, Sylvie / Feldman, Mark / Friedlander, Erik Courvoisier, and Sylvie Courvoisier
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emotional, modern, and perfect.

  • Jul 24, 2006
_Abaton_ is a wonder. Sylvie Courvoisier has always impressed me, but all my previous exposure to her was her massive catelogue of work in improvisation amongst the downtown NYC scene. She has worked with great figures on the scene like John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and of course her husband Mark Feldman. Of all the projects she has graced with her talent, _Abaton_ is the greatest -- a two-disc set, comprised of long composed pieces and short improvised pieces. Composed for piano trio with Mark Feldman (violin) and Eric Friedlander (cello), disc 1 is heavily informed by the European modernist tradition, leaning towards atonality. Yet it is equally informed by Courvoisier's jazz studie, with four pieces around 10-20 minutes in length. Disc 2 is fully improvised, consisting of 19 short pieces that range from quiet, dissonant meditations to exquisite bursts of expression. Whether this group demonstrates its empathy for composition or their telepathic interplay on through spontaneous improv, this is one of the most unique albums in ECM's wonderful catalogue. either of these discs would make a masterful album on its own -- together, it is unbeatable. of course it is gorgeously recorded so you really have no reason not to hear this. best ECM of the 21st century so far? wouldn't be surprising.

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