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Tower, vol​.​2

by Marc Ducret

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Marc Ducret, electric guitar
Tim Berne, alto saxophone
Dominique Pifarély, violin
Tom Rainey, drums


released May 2, 2013

Recorded on September 24 & 25, 2010
at Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France.
Cover design by Corinne Troisi & Stéphane Berland.

The second volume of the Tower project, an attempt at rendering with sonic means, the poetry and emotions conveyed by a short chapter in Vladimir Nabokov's Ada or Ardor, presents guitarist Marc Ducret in the company of long-time collaborators Dominique Pifarély (violin), Tim Berne (alto sax) and Tom Rainey (drums). Dedicated to the second half of the Tower ‘repertoire’, this offering showcases the four musicians at the top of their game, the bass-less line-up and peculiar sound of the entwined violin and alto sax leaving room for the guitar and drums to chose their roles throughout the pieces. The new compositions, although fully differentiated and autonomous, sometimes unfold with thematic motives and variations reminiscent of the ones presented on volume 1, therefore bringing feelings of familiarity and “déjà entendu” to the music.

Philippe Méziat, CitizenJazz
François Couture, Monsieur Délire's LD
Number K, Interférences
Sergio Piccirilli, El Intruso
Pachi Tapiz, TomaJazz
Franpi Barriaux, Sun Ship
Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz
Vincent Cotro, Jazz Magazine
Nicolas Dourlhès, So jazz
Bartosz Adamczak, (Free) Jazz Alchemist
Noël Tachet, ImproJazz
Maxime Bouchard, Jazz à crédit
Grego Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview
Ken Waxman, The New York City Jazz Record
Tim Owen, The Jazz Mann
Clifford Allen, Ni Kantu
Christian Larrède, Jazz News
Maurizio Comandini, AllAboutJazz Italia
Mathieu Carré, Chromatique
Luc Bouquet, ImproJazz


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