Can This Even Be Called Music?
Through spoken excerpts (in French) and a multitude of avant-garde jazz compositions, the album conveys a story that is not clear from the start, but that gets clearer as it goes, until the eventual climax and end of everything. That album was fascinating!
Recorded at "La Fabrique", Meung-sur-Loire, France,
December 27-30, 2015. Produced by Christophe Monniot.
Recording, mix and mastering by Matthieu Pion.
Cover artwork: Stéphane Berland.
This recording is a real novelty. Not only chronologically. This is a novelty in the purest sense, in the sense of a genuine rarity. Here Christophe Monniot tries and succeeds in what has been little attempted in recent years in the world of jazz. What does this singularity consist of? We can mention three aspects that characterize it: a concept album, very rich materials and the spiritual dimension.
Inspired by an inner necessity, Christophe Monniot and his collaborators have elaborated a very personal music, even revolutionary, and as such disturbing. It is a music that resists its own reification, it refuses to be an object and presents itself to us as a subject. It engages in an interaction, it solicits an answer and constitutes, by this personal challenge and this respect of the listener, a prophetic and essential voice in jazz today.
(from Michel Petrossian’s liner notes)
Founded in 2000 in Sweden, Ayler Records has gained recognition among Free Jazz fans by releasing both archive and
contemporary recordings documenting the American, Scandinavian and French Free Jazz scenes.
In 2009, Ayler Records moved to France and has since opened the catalogue to recordings in less direct relationship with the Free Jazz canon, while remaining faithful to its original spirit....more