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Cardinal Points

  • 1. Fred's Walk
    2. South
    3. West
    4. North
    5. East
    6. Ari's Mode
    7. Mood Indigo
    8. Cardinal Points
    9. Trio Sonata, Pt. 1
    10. Trio Sonata, Pt. 2
    11. Trio Sonata, Pt. 3
    12. Trio Sonata, Pt. 4
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 36649

  • Credits
    ProducerFrancis Dreyfus
    EngineerRene Ameline

    Personnel: Jean-Michel Pilc (piano); Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone); James Genus (acoustic & electric bass); Francois Moutin (acoustic bass); Ari Hoenig (drums); Abdou M'Boup (percussion).
    Recorded at Clinton Studios, New York, New York on December 17-18, 2002.
    Personnel: Jean-Michel Pilc (whistling, melodica, piano, percussion); Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone); James Genus (acoustic bass, electric bass); Franois Moutin (acoustic bass); Ari Hoenig (drums); Abdou M'Boup (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Ren Ameline .
    Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY (12/17/2002/12/18/2002).
    Photographers: Douglas Yoel; Larry Fink.
    Arranger: Jean-Michel Pilc.
    Since his arrival on the jazz scene, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has shown a remarkable intensity, yet his music requires repeated hearings to appreciate its nuances. The opening tracks of Cardinal Points have an African flavor, but add some very unusual twists. "Fred's Walk" is a bit of a loping introduction, giving way to "South," a brisk variation that adds soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and features Pilc whistling and playing melodica as well. "West" is a much more ominous work, while "North" suggests a brooding nightmare. The final segment, "East," provides a tense conclusion to this mini-suite. "Ari's Mode" is initially a playful post-bop duet with drummer Ari Hoenig, before Newsome and bassist James Genus make a late entrance. The one standard of the session is a haunting interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," which suggests a gathering storm yet proves to be captivating. The CD concludes with Pilc's intriguing four-movement "Trio Sonata," in which Franois Moutin takes over on bass. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (10/03, pp.94-5) - "...Pilc's ability to camouflage chords transcends ordinary reharmonization....He's blessed with colleagues who can keep up with his sudden detours in dynamics and rhythm..."
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