Marc Ducret & Bobby Previte: Handy
In The Grass (Enja ENJ 9343 2)
Composed by Marc Ducret & Bobby Previte.
Recorded: Vienna, September 11-12, 1996
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
This is definitely a searching song, and its form may be puzzling to some listeners. It starts with drums played with mallets behind some repetitive sounds by the electric guitar. Then it leaves the guitar to itself, exploring chords, riffs and lines before the drums return with a heavy beat, along with some electronic treatment. It becomes obvious at this moment that the main concern of these musicians is sound and rhythm rather than melody and structure. And Ducret's creativity in this domain seems endless, as is Previte's. If you are able to forget about accepted forms and codes, it's fascinating to follow the common search of these two bold explorers.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum
Tags: 1990s jazz