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Les Projectionnistes


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.96 | 6 ratings

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Sean Trane
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4 stars Another would-be Bernard Falaise project, but this time more an offshoot from Miridor, since Leclerc and St Jean are part of it. Behind the popular feast and merry-go-rounds artwork of the sleeve all but two of the tracks are penned by trombone and keyboards man Clause St Jean and the last two are from Falaise including the 11-mins finale Ballet Mécanique, an improv of a 1924 movie and it sticks out from the rest of the album like a sore thumb. I'm saying this because apart from that dissonant improv, the rest of the album is generally very accessible, sounding a bit like Miriodor

Right from the opening Hiboux, one can't help but being impressed at how enthralling this album is and while the whacky music is constantly changing direction, it remains very easily "followable" even by non-specialist. There is a certain Zappa-esque quality, but the humour remains instrumental. Despite the artwork, the music does not concentrate on the then-Miriodor fixation on Manouche/Klezmer music, even though it is still one of the influences, but mixed with some solid rock traits, including wild guitar solos (Ma Chérie), but trombone and sax as well. On some tracks, rhythmically speaking we're going into a wild fink ala RHCP - I kid you not, see the middle section of Balcon and the early Vacances tracks, even if the latter sounds also Discipline-era Crimson. In general, Les Projectionnistes have a wider spectrum than their mother group, in part due to a five-man line-up.Until the end of the second-last track Nuits Blanches, this is a very enjoyable album. Too bad for its musique concrete ending, though.

Another typical Ambiance Magnétique release, but this one should not scare you, despite the dissonant finale, because it is very accessible and filled with musical humour. It is enjoyable from the first listen, and no doubt it will grow on you, if you remember to edit the last track.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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