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Barre Phillips

Thirty Years In Between

Label: Les Disques Victo

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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The title to be taken literally, these two solo concerts recorded in Canada by French-based US bassist Barre Phillips, the first recorded at Vancouver Western Front in 1989, the 2nd from the 35th International Festival Music Festival of Victoriaville in 2019, both exemplary concerts showing his masterful skills and ability to captivate then and now.

"That distinguished history at once evaporates into and illuminates the inspiring presence of these two Phillips performances, another leap in time, linking the 1989 concert Camouflage, a then state-of-the-art account of bass possibilities, to Ahoy! a voyager's greeting shouted across time. It documents Phillips' appearance on the stage of Victoriaville's Colisee in May 2019, a slight and almost spectral presence standing once again with the singular bulk of his bass.

But Phillips is one of the few true masters, at one with the nuances of the instrument, one who understands that amidst its woods and metals, the essential components are air and form and time, projection, shape and resonance. Before such magisterial sound, words become silly putty: there is more air by volume than any other element in the bass. In a symphony orchestra, that air would match tympani or tuba. Water? If it begins with a shouted "Ahoy," it's forcefully evident in "Abate, Arise," from its initial thundering abyss to its turbine rhythms. Phillips' bass, always a bass, is intimate double to an exalted musical consciousness, but personal orchestra as well, from vast hand drum to kora and even shakuhachi, or narrative, a Melville-like Odyssey in which bow ultimately becomes bowsprit, spy glass in stringy rigging, notes as Noah's ark doves launched in landward hopes — sounds of cool flicker fire and exotic earth song." - Stuart Broomer

Cat. number: VICTO cd 132/08
Year: 2020
Ahoy! Recorded at the 35th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, 17 May 2019. Mixing, digital editing and mastering: (...) at Studio Audio Bec, in February 2020 Camouflage Recorded at the Western Front in Vancouver, 12 Mai 1989. The master tape of No Exclusion was realized at studio du Grame in Lyon, France. Tracks 2-1 to 2-6 previously released as [r783071].