Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Alexandre Pierrepont & Mike Ladd - Maison Hantée





Getting ready to listen to another RogueArt disc, being conscious of tendencies and vocations of the French label: twenty-nine releases so far which never betrayed the expectations, numerous leaders of the contemporary jazz/improv scene in catalogue (Hamid Drake, Roscoe Mitchell, Peter Kowald, William Parker, Matthew Shipp, just to mention some) but this one... "Maison Hantée"... how to describe its contents? Improvisation? More. Spoken word? Not only. Perhaps it's better to define it as "rêverie poétique et musicale".
An extraordinary personnel beside the artists who conceived the work. The details indicate Pierrepont and Ladd both to take care of the vocal side but the first of two also as responsible of the sound design whereas the second provided for the sound construction. After which, a large amount of contributors, the use of a considerable number of instruments (even a Wurlitzer), all for a final result of "thirteen chambers" composing the house haunted by forces which wonderfully blend music and poetry.
The project was accomplished after some years, using various places in the world and testing an interaction between Pierrepont and Ladd who created poems according to their different linguistic/rhythmic vision.

As for the tracks, after twenty seconds of barely distinguishable voices as prelude and a brief intro based on a Parker/Drake duet, we are already in the Chamber 12 where a saxophone lays upon the rhythm, disintegrates it and gives welcome to Pierrepont who begins the narration.
Ladd appears in the Chamber 8: different vocal approach, different language, but the emotional impact is the same.
The sixth piece (Chamber 22) is melodically structured, and Pierrepont expresses another narrative way, whereas the seventh (Antechamber) shows (intentionally) a chaotic vein.
The words frequently assume hypnotic undertones, mantric at times, phrases are often built to draw attention of the listener, the music is sometimes improvised, or with high cadence, interweaving with the recitation.
Stunning release, indeed. Visit by yourself the rest of the house...

Personnel:
Mike Ladd: voice, words & visions / sound constructor
Alexandre Pierrepont: voice, words & visions / sound designer
Gymkhana: sound manipulator
Stéphane Gombert: voice
William Parker: guimbri
Hamid Drake: frame drum

Alex Dézé: erratic piano
Bill Nace: electric guitar
Craig Taborn: mini-moog, Wurlitzer, bent circuit devices
David Murray: tenor saxophone
Evan Parker: soprano saxophone
Gene Moore: electric guitar
Hamid Drake: drums
Jeff Parker: electric guitar
Joe Morris: electric guitar
John Moloney: electronics, percussion
Joshua Abrams: mpc, harmonium, guimbri, percussion
Marguerite Ladd: sampled composition
Matana Roberts: clarinet
Oscar Pierrepont: vocals
Rob Mazurek: cornet, effects
Roscoe Mitchell: alto saxophone
Thurston Moore: electric guitar
Warren Ellis: violin, loops
William Parker: bass

Label: RogueArt
Cat. #: ROG-0017
Format: CD
Release date: 2008

Tracklisting:
01 - Hall (02:23)
02 - Chamber 12 (05:30)
03 - Chamber 3 (01:42)
04 - Chamber 8 (05:09)
05 - Chamber 73 (07:25)
06 - Chamber 22 (05:38)
07 - Antechamber (02:04)
08 - Chamber 20 (07:30)
09 - Chamber 72 (06:52)
10 - Chamber 8 (06:58)
11 - Chamber 2 (03:57)
12 - Chamber 21 (10:30)
13 - Corridor (06:40)

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Alexandre Pierrepont's bibliography:


 



Alexandre Pierrepont
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Le Champ Jazzistique
Éditions Parenthèses, Marseille 2002







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Michel Edelin: flute, alto flute, bass flute
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Format: CD
Release date: 02/2009

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Cat. #: ROG-0022
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2009

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Format: CD
Release date: 08/2009

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Roscoe Mitchell & David Wessel - Contact
















Roscoe Mitchell: alto and soprano saxophones
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Format: CD + DVD
Release date: 10/2009

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Josh Abrams: double bass, guimbri

Cat. #: ROG-0021
Format: CD
Release date: 01/2010

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Sabir Mateen - Urdla XXX
















Sabir Mateen: alto clarinet, alto saxophone, small percussions, vocal

Cat. #: ROG-0026
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2010

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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projection - Emerald Hills
















Nicole Mitchell: flute, alto flute, piccolo, vocals
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Cat. #: ROG-0027
Format: CD
Release date: 05/2010

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M. Allen / M. Shipp / J. Morris - Night Logic
















Marshall Allen: alto saxophone, flute, EVI (electronic valve instrument)
Matthew Shipp: piano
Joe Morris: double bass

Cat. #: ROG-0028
Format: CD
Release date: 05/2010

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Taylor Ho Bynum / John Hébert / Gerald Cleaver - Book Of Three
















Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn, bass trumpet, trumpbone
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Gerald Cleaver: drums, percussion

Cat. #: ROG-0029
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2010

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Joëlle Léandre / Nicole Mitchell / Dylan van der Schyff - Before After
















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Cat. #: ROG-0033
Format: CD
Release date: 05/2011

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Cat. #: ROG-0035
Format: Book + CD
Release date: 05/2011

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Format: 2xCD
Release date: 11/2011

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Joan Wildman: piano
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Format: CD
Release date: 11/2011

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Connie Crothers & David Arner - Spontaneous Suites For Two Pianos
















Connie Crothers: piano
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Cat. #: ROG-0037
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Format: CD
Release date: 02/2012

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Release date: 06/2012

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Release date: 06/2012

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Nicole Mitchell & An Arche New Music Ensemble - Arc Of O - For Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics
















Nicole Mitchell: flute, vocals, electronic samples, composition, conduction
Renée Baker: violin
Mwata Bowden: baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet
David Boykin: tenor saxophone

an_ARCHE NewMusic Ensemble:
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Format: CD
Release date: 06/2012

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Didier Petit & Alexandre Pierrepont - Passages - A Road Record - Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles

















Didier Petit: cello, voice
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with,
in Woodstock
Marilyn Crispell: piano
in New York
Andrea Parkins: electornic accordion & effects, laptop electronics, amplified objects
Gerald Cleaver: drums, percussion
Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone
Joe Morris: guitar
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Jim Baker: analog synthesizer
Nicole Mitchell: flute
Hal Rammel: amplified pallet
Hamid Drake: tar
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Cat. #: ROG-0042
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2012

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Roscoe Mitchell Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble - Three Compositions

















Roscoe Mitchell: composition, conduction
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Greg Ward: alto saxophone
Robert Griffin: trumpet
Mankwe Ndosi: vocal
Renée Baker: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello
Myra Melford: piano
Maia: harp
Joshua Abrams: double bass
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Cat. #: ROG-0043
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2012

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Watershed - Watershed

















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Tomeka Reid: cello
Bernard Santacruz: double bass

Cat. #: ROG-0044
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2012

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Joshua Abrams Quartet - Unknown Known

















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David Boykin: tenor saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone
Frank Rosaly: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0045
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2013

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Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet Featuring K. Jordan, H. Drake & J. Abrams - The Tree On The Mound

















Jeff Albert: trombone
Kidd Jordan: tenor saxophone
Joshua Abrams: double bass
Hamid Drake: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0046
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2013

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Nicole Mitchell - Engraved In The Wind

















Nicole Mitchell: C flutes & alto flute

Cat. #: ROG-0047
Format: CD
Release date: 02/2013

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Michel Edelin Quartet - Resurgence

















Michel Edelin: flute, alto flute, bass flute
Jacques Di Donato: clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
Jean-Jacques Avenel: double bass
Simon Goubert: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0049
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2013

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Evan Parker & Matthew Shipp - Rex, Wrecks & XXX

















Evan Parker: tenor saxophone
Matthew Shipp: piano

Cat. #: ROG-0050
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 05/2013

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Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell - Matter Anti-Matter

















Nicole Mitchell: flutes & voice
Roscoe Mitchell: alto & soprano saxophones
Steve Swell: trombone
Rob Mazurek: director, cornet (CD1), electronics (CD2), compositions
Matana Roberts: alto saxophone
Chad Taylor: drums
Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone & tubular bells
Kevin Drumm: electronics
Matthew Lux: bass guitar
Mauricio Takara: cavaquinho & percussion
Guilherme Granado: samplers & marimba
John Herndon: drums
Mike Reed: drums & bass clarinet
Damon Locks: voice

Cat. #: ROG-0051
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 08/2013

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East-West Collective - Humeurs

















Xu Feng-Xia: guzheng
Sylvain Kassap: clarinet & bass clarinet
Miya Masaoka: koto
Larry Ochs: tenor & sopranino saxophones
Didier Petit: cello

Cat. #: ROG-0054
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2013

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Jacques Coursil with Alan Silva - FreeJazzArt - Sessions For Bill Dixon

















Jacques Coursil: trumpet
Alan Silva: double bass

Cat. #: ROG-0052
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2014

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Joëlle Léandre & Nicole Mitchell - Sisters Where

















Joëlle Léandre: double bass
Nicole Mitchell: flute, alto flute

Cat. #: ROG-0055
Format: CD
Release date: 03/2014

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Tarbaby With Special Guests Oliver Lake & Marc Ducret - Fanon

















Orrin Evans: piano
Eric Revis: double bass
Nasheet Waits: drums
Oliver Lake: alto saxophone
Marc Ducret: guitar

Cat. #: ROG-0048
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2014

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Dave Liebman & Steve Dalachinsky - The Fallout Of Dreams

















Dave Liebman: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, flutes, drums, bell
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Richie Beirach: piano

Cat. #: ROG-0053
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2014

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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections - The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Anderson

















Nicole Mitchell: flute
Craig Taborn: piano, whurlitzer
David Boykin: tenor saxophone
Chad Taylor: drums, acoustic guitar

Cat. #: ROG-0056
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2014

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Roscoe Mitchell Trio - Angel City

















Roscoe Mitchell: sopranino and bass saxophones, baroque flute, bass recorder, whistles, percussion
James Fei: sopranino, alto and baritone saxophones, Bb bass and Bb contra bass clarinets, analog electronics
William Winant: orchestra bells, tubular bells, marimba, timpani, bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, cow bells, triangles, woodblocks, gongs, percussion

Cat. #: ROG-0061
Format: CD
Release date: 12/2014

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Matthew Shipp Trio - To Duke

















Matthew Shipp: piano
Michael Bisio: double bass
Whit Dickey: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0060
Format: CD
Release date: 01/2015

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Matthew Shipp Quartet - Declared Enemy - Our Lady Of The Flowers

















Matthew Shipp: piano
Sabir Mateen: tenor saxophone, clarinet
William Parker: double bass
Gerald Cleaver: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0057
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2015

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The Turbine! - Entropy/Enthalpy

















Harrison Bankhead: double bass
Benjamin Duboc: double bass
Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum, vocal
Ramon Lopez: drums, tabla, percussions

special guests:
Jean-Luc Cappozzo: trumpet
Lionel Garcin: alto saxophone
William Parker: double bass

Cat. #: ROG-0058
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 06/2015

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MMM Quartet - Oakland/Lisboa

















Joëlle Léandre: double bass
Fred Frith: electric guitar
Alvin Curran: piano, synthesizer, samples
Urs Leimgruber: tenor and soprano saxophone

Cat. #: ROG-0063
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2015

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Rob Mazurek & Jeff Parker - Some Jellyfish Live Forever

















Jeff Parker: guitar, effects
Rob Mazurek: cornet, mutes

Cat. #: ROG-0059
Format: LP
Release date: 02/2016

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Illtet - Gain

















Mike Ladd: vocals, sampler, ems synthesizer
Jeff Parker: electric guitar
HPRIZM/High Priest: moog, sampler, synthesizer, vocals
Tyshawn Sorey: drums, trombone, rhodes

Cat. #: ROG-0064
Format: LP
Release date: 02/2016

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Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus - Moments Of Fatherhood

















Nicole Mitchell: flutes
Renèe Baker: violin
David Boykin: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Aruán Ortiz: piano
Hélène Breschand: harp
Cèsar Carcopino: drums, vibraphone
Benjamin Duboc: double bass
Sylvain Kassap: clarinets
Anaïs Moreau: cello

Cat. #: ROG-0068
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2016

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Illegal Crowns - Illegal Crowns

















Mary Halvorson: guitar
Tomas Fujiwara: drums
Benoît Delbecq: piano, prepared piano
Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, flugelhorn

Cat. #: ROG-0066
Format: CD
Release date: 06/2016

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Steve Swell Quintet - Soul Travelers

















Steve Swell: trombone
Jemeel Moondoc: alto saxophone
Dave Burrell: piano
William Parker: double bass
Gerald Cleaver: drums

Cat. #: ROG-0067
Format: LP
Release date: 08/2016

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Eloping With The Sun - Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees And Birds





William Parker: double bass, shakuhachi flute, sintir, n’goni kemlah n’goni, thumb piano
Joe Morris: guitar, banjouke, banjo, double bass, fiddle, pocket trumpet, whistles
Hamid Drake: drum set, frame drum, cymbals, gongs

Cat. #: ROG-0069
Format: CD
Release date: 08/2016

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Michel Edelin’s Flute Fever Orchestra - Kalamania

















Michel Edelin: flute, alto flute, bass flute, text, vocal
Sylvaine Hélary: flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, vocal
Ludivine Issambourg: flute, alto flute, vocal
Peter Giron: double bass, vocal
John Betsch: drums, vocal
Nicole Mitchell: flute, alto flute, piccolo, vocal

Cat. #: ROG-0070
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 09/2016

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Anthony Braxton & Miya Masaoka - DUO (DCWM) 2013

















Anthony Braxton: sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones, electronics
Miya Masaoka: 21 string koto

Cat. #: ROG-0071
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 10/2016

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Hamid Drake & Sylvain Kassap - Heads Or Tails

















Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum
Sylvain Kassap: eb, bb, bass and contrabass clarinets, chalumeau

Cat. #: ROG-0072
Format: 2xCD
Release date: 11/2016

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Judson Trio - An Air Of Unreality

















Joëlle Léandre: double bass
Mat Maneri: viola
Gerald Cleaver: drums, percussion

Cat. #: ROG-0073
Format: LP
Release date: 11/2016

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Tiger Trio - Unleashed

















Myra Melford: piano
Joëlle Léandre: double bass
Nicole Mitchell: flute, alto flute, piccolo

Cat. #: ROG-0074
Format: CD
Release date: 11/2016

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Links:
Mike Ladd
RogueArt

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