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Hébert, John / Byzantine Monkey
Album:Byzantine Monkey Collection:Jazz
Artist:Hébert, John Added:07/2009
Label:Firehouse 12 

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Add Date:2009-07-26 Pull Date:2009-09-27 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-07-26 
JOHN HÉBERT: Byzantine Monkey
Firehouse 12, 2009

AVANT-GARDE – Bassist Hébert, a prolific sideman on the creative music scene, now steps out with his own sextet of heavy hitters. The band shows inspired interplay, rarely playing out but keeping a wide-open approach. Cerebral stuff, but with a few breakouts at the edges.

John Hébert - bass
Tony Malaby - tenor & soprano sax
Michaël Attias - alto & baritone sax
Nasheet Waits - drums
Satoshi Takeishi - percussion
Adam Kolker - flutes & bass clarinet

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10

1. 4:39 – bass engages a cajun field recording; then horns spin the melody out
2. 8:53 – fantastically rich drums, mysterious patterns, slinky horn interplay
3. 7:16 – slow chamber-jazz, then complex drums set up jumbled second half
4. 5:35 – a slow surrealist spiral; like an abandoned playground in the fog
5. 6:58 – first half is heavy, creaking drones; second half uptempo & sneaky
6. 6:17 – floating, unsettled melody with flute; drifts gently but unpredictably
7. 8:52 – Turkish inspiration: exotic drums, falls into an odd-meter groove
8. 4:40 – for Andrew Hill: gentle, moody ballad with lots of bass space
9. 1:43 – brief reprise of #7, just drums & bass
10. 5:22 – avant ballad, slowly drifts apart in open space, becomes a drone

[ Fo ] 07/26/09

Track Listing
1.La Reine De La Salle 6.Cajun Christmas
2.Acrid Landscape 7.Fez
3.Run For The Hills 8.For A.H.
4.Blind Pig 9.Fez 2
5.Ciao Monkey 10.New Belly