Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh
Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi

[Potlatch, www.potlach.fr]

For the longest time, Ninh has held a place as my favourite percussionist. Ever since his days with Idiome 1238 [whose concerts were an absolute blast!] and his involvement with the new music ensemble Quatuor Helios [whose concerts were less of a blast, but maintained an interesting edge to them], he's been convincingly good to great. His recent show at the Guelph Jazz Festival turned out to be a festival highlight. On-going involvement with improvised musicians [everyone from Michel Doneda, Günter Müller, Daunik Lazro, Mari Kimura, Paul Rogers, Butch Morris, Kazue Sawai to Dominique Regef] makes him ideal as the percussionist of choice. This doesn't mean he's everyone ideal, but his far reaching sense of the learned application of percussion makes him a definite asset. His best work is heard in small ensembles though in a powerhouse group like Idiome 1238 and in Butch Morris' ensembles, he was still a force to be reckoned with. His duet with pianist Frédéric Blondy is another example of his fine style. Though he's in full prowess on this recording, he never comes across as an over-powering individual. In fact, he's more keenly listening for cues given off from Blondy than he is in pursuing a selfish timetable for himself. Blondy is an articulate player himself, choosing to stick to striking single keys at a time, rather than creating a full onslaught. Ninh responds in turn with vibrant scrapes against a cymbal and some mallet work on his tom-tom. His metallic percussion work is still heard up front. The sections I like best are ones where Blondy is busy concentrating on the inside of the piano [mostly striking the strings and sides of the piano], while Ninh strikes up a medium-tempo storm with his bare hands on the skins. Many open spaces are left behind to allow the listener to recoup and listen with extreme care. Both players have perfected the art of listening with intimate care and share a common language which only these two understand.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ The Beauty Room - The Beauty Room
+ Louie Austen - Iguana
+ Split EP 3
+ Brak - Brak
+ Cassius - 15 Again
+ Conjoint - A Few Empty Chairs
+ Contemporary Household - She Said
+ Contriva - Separate Chambers
+ Housemeister - Enlarge Your Dose
+ Michael Mayer - Immer 2
+ Isolee - Hermelin/Ermine
+ Hanno Leichtmann - Nuit Du Plomb
+ The Mars Volta - Amputechture
+ Milosh - Meme
+ Morgentau - Sunrise
+ My My - Songs For The Gentle
+ 4 Women No Cry - Vol. 2
+ Older - Inside Of The Tears
+ Phage & Daniel Dreier - Beeswax
+ The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
+ Reynold - My Favorite Film
+ DJ Shadow - The Outsider
+ Fat Jon & Styrofoam - The Same Channel
+ Transmission - Beyond Light
+ Transit Kings - Living In A Giant Candle Winking At God
+ Gregor Tresher - Neon - Works In The Mix
+ Unknownmix - The Siren
+ Marshall Watson - Math And Other Word Problems
+ Paul Wirkus - Deformation Profesionnelle
+ ZokZok - Sieben
+ Jesu - Silver
+ Sao Paulo Underground - Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres
+ Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid - The Exchange Session vol. 1
+ Hervé Boghossian w/ John Tilbury & Mark Wastell - Archi.Texture Vol.1
+ Wade Matthews/Ingar Zach - Mørke - Lys
+ Keith Rowe/Mark Wastell - Confront Performance Series 02
+ Eugene Carchesio & Leighton Craig - Leaves
+ Diane Cluck - Monarcana
+ Z'EV - Rhythmajik
+ Hati - Recycled Magick Soundsystem: Live
+ Aidan Baker - The Sea Swells a Bit
+ Troum/Martyn Bates - To a Child Dancing in the Winds
+ Le Forbici di Manitu - Tagliare
+ August Born - August Born
+ V.A. - Not Alone

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+ DEREK BAILEY - To Play
>> Frédéric Blondy / Le Quan Ninh - Exaltatio Utriesque Mundi
+ GRIZZLY BEAR - Yellow House
+ DANIEL LEVIN QUARTET - Some Trees
+ RASHIM - Suns.Shadows
+ RAFAEL TORAL - Space
+ PAUL FLAHERTY - Whirl of Nothingness
+ THE DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - BalladWare
+ BOB MEYER - All This is That
+ MINIMUM CHIPS - Lady Grey
+ ANDREY KIRITCHENKO - Stuffed With/Out
+ SUSANNA AND THE MAGICAL ORCHESTRA - Melody Mountain
+ SMUTNY - Telehors
+ MYLES BOISEN & JON RASKIN - Music + One
+ V.A. - Tone 25
+ KK NULL / DANIEL MENCHE - Raijin
+ MIRROR - Still Valley
+ ZOMBIE - Digitalis
+ CECIL TAYLOR UNIT - The Eighth
+ LOUIE AUSTEN - Iguana
+ V.A. - Brazilian Beat Brooklyn

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Lubimy eksperymentować - rozmowa z Digital Factor - Mike Langer'em
+ I am oldschool! - rozmowa z Housemeister'em
+ In my blood - wywiad z Michael'em Mayer'em