Tony Coe

Les Sources Bleues

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One would think that this band would be playing a bit more on the outside on a trio date such as this. But, given that this is the soundtrack for the Mehdi Charef film Camomille, the impressionist, inside styling is very appropriate and refreshing considering how wild some of Coe's other projects get. Tony Hymas also contributed to the score of this redemptive, bittersweet drama. As a trio, Coe, Hymas, and Laurence are well-suited to the task of articulating the celluloid vision to the aural setting. First there are Coe's pastoral ballads, such as "Tengellen" and "Camomille," where impressionism is the means by which panoramic expression is unveiled. Then Hymas' slamming, angular bebop on "Rush," where blues and swing take the turn of a run at adventure and danger, and then the humor in Coe's "Mexican George," where we witness in shimmering, rhythmic counterpoint that all dances are for children -- no matter how old they are. But there are many spaces in between, all filling in a narrative we can't see but can certainly hear and more importantly feel. Never has Coe's writing entwined with Hymas' in such a way, where both men try out the others' methods to come to a middle ground that Chris Laurence reveals to them; it exists for an entire trio to process and articulate. This is a gorgeous soundtrack that is as edifying musically in its own right as it is a counterpart to the film.

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