Kartet

Apparently, an unsignificant formula. Usual orchestration. But then, surprise, as early as the first few bars, a freshness of inspiration which one believed to be condemned. To say simply, it's been a long time since a “jazz quartet” had sounded in a such an unorthodox way. Play-along with structure, tireless exploration of all possible combinations, independence of lines, poly-speeds, mobile architecture of the compositions... A shape of music in continuous metamorphosis as it pivots around the four players, and results in many simultaneous and complementary points of view on the same reality. A music which reconciles intellect and intuition as it combines a quasi-mathematical rigour with a sensitivity, an instrumental originality, and an attention to details forged by the supreme exercise of full improvisation. » Those lines written in 1995 by Stéphane Ollivier, a french jazz-writer in Jazz Magazine, are still up to date. Ten years later, Kartet’s music remains uncommonly fresh and special.


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Album Grand Laps by Kartet

Grand Laps

Songlines Recordings
2014

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Album The Bay Window by Kartet

The Bay Window

Songlines Recordings
2007

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