Madly You

Madly You

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It's almost incredible that after so many years as active improvisers, violinist Carlos Zingaro and saxophonist Daunik Lazro remain so under-recognized. One would be tempted to say this quartet project with drummer Paul Lovens and bassist Joëlle Léandre will provide them a key to the international festival circuit -- or at least wish for it. The name Madly You encapsulates the prime directive of this outfit: mad improvised music, feverish and highly personal. It draws on one's deepest, most primal emotions. It doesn't resort to endless slabs of notes, nor does it go to the other extreme, thinning out the sounds to leave only a carcass. All four players understand what makes free improv exciting: tapping into one's soul without any preconceptions. Recorded live during the Banlieues Bleues Festival in March 200, this eponymous album features all the rage, all the love, all the joy and despair these first-class improvisers are capable to display while still keeping their ears open. The 41-minute title track starts on a dime, reaching full throttle before the CD player has a chance to reach the two-second mark. Immediately, the interplay between Léandre and Lovens, Léandre and Zingaro, and Zingaro and Lazro on alto saxophone surround the listener from all directions. Later, the saxophonist's round baritone sound weaves lines of an almost erotic nature around the bassist. The 20-minute "Lyou Mad" begins with a baritone solo that exemplifies once again why Lazro should not be overlooked anymore: sensual, subtle, enrapturing. A trio of violin, bass, and musical saw halfway through provides one of the best moments before hell breaks loose. A captivating listen that matches the intensity of Léandre's Quartet Noir with Marilyn Crispell, Fritz Hauser, and Urs Leimgruber.

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