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French Suite by Thomas Savy
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Artist/Band:Thomas Savy
Name:French Suite
Cat No.:PL-100
Performed by:Thomas Savy (bass clarinet)
Bill Stewart (drums)
Scott Colley (bass)
Release Date:01/12/2010
Description:Thomas Savy is a young French multireed player. French Suite is his second CD as leader but it is a masterpiece! Savy and his label, Plus Loin Music, took great risk in releasing this ambitious CD that has a relatively unknown leader playing bass clarinet in a piano-less trio format, mostly consisting of his original compositions, and even released in a special 7"x7" package that is too big for any CD storage shelves!

However, the project succeeds on multiple levels for three reasons. First, Savy chose to go to New York and record with superb musicians: top drummer Bill Stewart and great bassist Scott Colley. Their powerful, colofrul and imaginative playing undoubtedly inspired the leader and elevated the level of the collective performance. Secondly, Savy proves he is a talented composer and a spectacular bass clarinet player. His command of this unwieldy instrument is impeccable throughout its range. Thirdly, the engineering by Joe Marciano is also exceptional, capturing the sound of the trio with great resolution, sonority and dynamics. This is an audiophile-quality recording, folks!

The French Suite consists of eight parts, all composed by Savy. The prevailing style and mood is that of broody and spiritual post-bop, with a healthy dose of relatively (but not quite) free-form improvisation. The program is enhanced by the inclusion of Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" and John Coltrane's "Lonnie's Lament." This is an amazing CD. Strongly recommended to those with an adventurous mind!

Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY on June 23-24, 2009
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Album Tracks:
1. Part I - Ouverture
2. Part II - IgnitionMP3 Sample
3. Part III - Atlantique NordMP3 Sample
4. Part IVa - E & L
5. Part V - My Big AppleMP3 Sample
6. Part VI - Stones
7. Part VII - Ballade de Stephen Edward
8. Come Sunday
9. Part IVb - L & E
10. Lonnie's Lament
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