After an initial album of solo trombone, Des Satellites Avec des Traces de Plumes features Yves Robert as a leader for the first time. The trio presented here was a short-lived project for Robert, who decided to put an end to it following Aaron Scott's departure rather than try to find a new drummer. The program alternates introspective and punchy pieces with a rocking edge, giving to the whole a definite modern resonance. Accordingly, the mood varies and can either be thoroughly dark ("Réconciliation") or uplifting ("Cahutchuca"). The session confirms all the hopes about Robert, who proves to be one of the best trombone players of his generation, and probably beyond. He masters the whole range of his instrument and has plenty of effects up his sleeve -- although he never resorts to facility. For instance, on the title track and "Je Dis Ca Mais Moi C'Est Pareil en Pire," Robert uses overdubs. The latter, featuring the trombonist unaccompanied by his bassist and drummer, is a real tour de force, as he blows lines that collide and bounce off each other and displays a prodigious slide technique. He finds in Bruno Chevillon and Scott two sympathetic mates. The bassist follows and responds to every move of the trombonist, while the drummer provides an impeccable drive, which does not prevent him from exercising subtlety when required. With this opus, Robert demonstrates that challenging music does not have to be tedious.
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