Gigs, dance, art

April 22nd, 2008: Julien Lourau – Quartet Saigon


Another one I had been hearing about for a while. Julien Lourau probably has pretty different projects, because he’s been described to me as both innovative and mainstream-bordering-on-conservative. I guess tonight was more of the latter than the former, but my perception is probably skewed by Sunday’s aftershock. As usual in this place, they were consistently good, but there was some prettiness to the music at times that was annoying to me. It was often about the piano, and I think it’s no coincidence that the tunes that I didn’t like much were announced as his compositions.

On the other hand, there were a few fascinating moods, especially in the slower tunes, and when Lourau was on soprano saxophone. Still pretty much melodic, but with interesting interactions. I’m usually not that turned off by the mandatory soloing, I think I can blame Science Friction for my lack of interest this time. I liked the bass solos best in that department. I guess the all acoustic lineup was not best for me either, but on the other hand it was probably best for me to go in that different direction. My favorites were Saigon and Baron Samedi, both in the first set, but on average I liked the second set better; I didn’t get the rest of the first one. Overall it was nice but frustrating: whenever I was really getting into it, there would be some pretty piano flourishes to kick me out again. Even good stuff to make me want to try again, but I guess I’ll try to see another project, without that particular guy on piano.

April 23, 2008 - Posted by | Music | , ,

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