Jöelle Léandre’s breathy, rhythmic vocals on
[the above review] are among the few moments when a specific
and identifiable voice rises out of the 4tet’s group
sound. She is indeed one of the treasures of this
music scene now, thankfully often recorded, and
on [Evident] we get the chance to hear her more distinctly.
This is a live duo concert from May 2002
with 9 improvisations for various percussion and
bass, with those notable Léandre vocals. Nauseef
uses gongs and wood blocks and bowed cymbals
and reverberating bells that can sound like electronics,
almost anything but the standard drum
kit. This allows him to marry his sound to
Leandre’s fabulous technique on bass, and he
accompanies her vocals with low rumbling and
growly percussion, like some sort of metallic bullroarer
accompanying birdsong whistles. Though
this captures a concert nearly an hour long, I find
it easier to hear this music one piece at a time.
There is enough in the endless array of sounds
available to these two musicians to make you
want to pause and let silence reign for a moment
while you digest the abstract beauty you’ve just
heard. Abstract it is, so maybe not for everyone,
but beautiful it is too.
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