Yves Robert

Tout Court

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Following the demise of a promising trio, the trombonist Yves Robert did not seem to have any difficulty to rebound and put together a fine and original quartet comprised of guitarist Philippe Deschepper, bassist Claude Tchamitchian, and percussionist Xavier Desandre. Their first outing features a series of short pieces or vignettes mostly written by the leader -- his cohorts, however, all contribute at least one composition. The revelation of this session is Deschepper, who really rises to the occasion and matches Robert's imagination and versatility. His playing is all over the map. Alternately, he stretches long distorted notes or delivers short fragments, creates unsettling or peaceful backdrops, and produces a raw or a delightful liquid sound. He also adds electricity to the group, which on "Jubile," for instance, brings back memories of the Miles Davis of the Jack Johnson era. Elsewhere, the quartet is beyond comparison, but does not sacrifice accessibility either. On "Couine le Sommier," the band even shows some real melodic prowess. Like in many other instances, Robert demonstrates that creative music can be challenging and fun to listen to.

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