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Sclavis, Louis Quartet / Characters On A Wall
Album:Characters On A Wall Collection:Jazz
Artist:Sclavis, Louis Quartet Added:12/2019
Label:Ecm Records 

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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-12-21 
Reviewed: 2019-12-21
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: French clarinetist Sclavis leads an almost traditional quartet on his latest disc. His musicexploes new dimensions and approaches.
If You Like: Paul McCandless, Jan Garbarek, Claude Debussy, John Barry
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
***1/ L’Heure Pasolini (9:43) – clarinet starts> gorgeous slow tempo jam> clarinet solo> piano solo> slow jam> bass solo> slow jam> quick fade
*2/ Shadows And Lines (7:24) – piano starts> slow tempo jam with a dramatic vibe> swings uptempo> clarinet solo slows to slow jam with waves of clarinet over the top> midtempo jam> quick fade
**3/ La Dame de Martigues (6:21) – piano solo start slow & hesitating> slow tempo jam with a pastoral vibe slowly builds to midtempo> piano solo> midtempo jam> fade
4/ Extases (3:57) – whole band starts> slow tempo jam> clarinet solo> piano solo> slow jam> fade
*5/ Esquisse 1 (2:04) – bass starts> slow tempo jam with ominous vibe> slow fade
**6/ Prison (5:07) – bass starts> uptempo jam> bass solo> soaring uptempo jam> quick stop
7/ Esquisse 2 (2:06) – piano starts slow & hesitating> slow tempo jam> slow fade
*8/ Darwich Dans La Ville (7:01) – drums start> slow tempo jam with mystery vibe builds to uptempo jam> piano & clarinet trade riffs> bass solo> clarinet solo> uptempo jam> crescendo end

Track Listing
1.L' Heure Pasolini 5.Esquisee 1
2.Shadows And Lines 6.Prison
3.La Dame De Martiques 7.Esquisee 2
4.Extases 8.Darwich Dans La Ville