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Jean Louis



4.22 | 79 ratings

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4 stars Going overground...

'Jean Louis' is the debut album from the French trio of the same name. All three are brilliant musicians and have won coveted awards at La Defense jazz festival both individually, and a group. I first discovered them through the list of "TOP 100 Little Known But Highly Rated Studio Albums of All Time", which is an absolute honey-pot of hidden gems. 'Jean Louis' had remained there for three years, most recently flying high in the #1 position, however as this is its 21st rating/review, it has now been released into the wilderness to fend for itself. I'm hoping this lack of exposure doesn't mean that fewer people discover 'Jean Louis' as it's a fantastic record and every home should have one!

The sound really is quite unique, heavily based in free Jazz, but with many RIO signatures as well. Jean Louis cite both Miles Davis and Meshuggah amongst their influences, so this gives you a taste of what to expect! Never before have I heard music which borders on dissonance but is also intensely catchy! It's intense too, really intense, like a John Zorn outburst, but more structured and persistent. Minute long ... interludes break up the album to give you a bit of a breather. As for stand out tracks, Tourlac and Kazams have the greatest impact for me, but there really is no weak material.

The Verdict: Spread the word.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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