Chris Speed, Chris Cheek, Stephane Furic Leibovici: Three Kinds of Folks


Three Kinds of Folks


Chris Speed (clarinet), Chris Cheek (tenor & soprano saxes), and Stephane Furic Leibovici (bass)


Jugendstil (ESP 4048)

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Chris Speed (clarinet), Chris Cheek (tenor & soprano saxes), Stephane Furic Leibovici (bass).

Composed by Stephane Furic Leibovici


Recorded: New York, June, 2006


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

If you can imagine taking the most furious passages from Philip Glass's Koyaanisqatsi crossed with some of Evan Parker's circular blowing, slow the whole thing down a bit, and then re-imagine it as a new take on Klezmer, you end up with a hint of what's going on with "Three Kinds Of Folks." Sort of.

Speed's and Cheek's horns follow each other around, playing separate but related melodic lines while Furic Leibovici's very woody bass injects commentary as counterpoint. Though the slight air of Klezmer gives the tune a traditional feel, the interplay and oddball tangents taken reveal the group's far more modern spirit.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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