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Danses Paralleles by Gael Mevel Trio

Pianist Gael Mevel leads his rhythm section through a chain of circular movements, performed within the context of loosely based and relatively abstract waltzes. In the liners, Mevel states: "I wanted to introduce parallel dances originating in the movement of people, not merely energy, friendship or a dance within, but above all the movement of one towards the other." To that end, the pianist’s rather discerning approach is enhanced by drummer Thierry Waziniak’s cymbals based accents, and bassist Jean- Jacques Avanel's (Steve Lacy band) supple underpinnings.

At times, the music might also implicate notions of taking a leisurely drive on a mountainous country road. Whereas, Mevel and associates slowly gravitate towards some sort of apex, only to bring the proceedings down to a faint simmer. On "La vaise naturelle," Mevel uses a bandoneon to open and close a piece, awash with ethereal qualities, probing lines and gentle discourses. Here, Mevel uses his acoustic piano for a sequence of sweeping chord clusters and delicately enacted progressions, amid the rhythm section’s blossoming countercurrents.

They pick up momentum in spots, yet Mevel’s tenderly executed game plan remains consistent throughout. Essentially, the artist sets a mood and rolls with it, even though there are moments when the production drags a bit. On the flip side, Mevel’s onto something here, as he offers a spirited viewpoint to this generally, thought-provoking union of like minded musicians.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Gael Mevel Trio
  • CD Title: Danses Paralleles
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Leo Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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