Marc Ducret - Le Sens de la Marche (2009)
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Avant-garde Jazz, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Ayler Records
Marc Ducret has gained a cult following for his virtuosic skills mainly in small ensembles and solo settings – recordings during the 1990s and 2000s have featured the guitarist unaccompanied on acoustic or electric guitar; with his trio featuring bassist Bruno Chevillon and drummer Eric Echampard; and with Tim Berne in Big Satan, Science Friction, and Bloodcount. And while 2003’s Qui Parle? took listeners on a ride through diverse styles and instrumentation, Ducret's composing and arranging skills on 2009's generous 73-minute Le Sens de la Marche might still surprise his fans. Here, with perhaps a bit of inspiration from his participation in Berne's 2001 Open, Coma large-ensemble set, Ducret guides an 11-piece band (including Chevillon and Echampard) through five lengthy compositions – the longest being the 26-plus-minute “Nouvelles Nouvelles du Front” – in a variegated extravaganza of complex yet highly charged polyrhythms and tight multi-layered riffing alternating with spacious floating atmospheres.