Lucien Dubuis Trio: Future Rock (2013)
Saxophonist Lucien Dubuis's trio has both a primitive sound and the chops to execute any maneuver.
Dubuis favors his sound from deep down, here playing mostly a bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet. His trio is comprised of bassist Roman Nowka, who doubles on guitar, and drummer Lionel Friedli. Future Rock is the trio's fourth release, and follows Ultime Cosmos (Enja, 2009), which featured guitarist Marc Ribot.
Ribot's Rootless Cosmopolitans band is the touchstone here, with Dubuis' trio a stripped-down version. His barebones approach, with Nowka filling the guitar role on "Eva," is a funky blues drag. Dubuis' tunes range from the math rock/punk of "En Bus" and reggae-inflections of "Le Cockpit" to the hardcore surf "4 Wände" and dreamy "Lin Ying Hao." The trio favors hard, fast, and anything but loose. Dubuis strikes out with body blows on the screaming "Schnitzel Paniert Mit Brot," pitting his low register yowl against thumping bass and pounding drums. The band expands into wacky western cabaret music on the aptly titled "George W Bush," and two old school hip-hop tracks, "Star Loves" and "En Descendant de la Montagne," with vocals from Miro Caltagirone.
If the remaining members of the Beastie Boys reunite, This might just be the perfect backing band.
Track Listing: En Descendant de la Montagne; Eva; En Bus; Blanche; Le Cockpit; 4 Wände; Star Loves; Yiwu Shan; Lin Ying Hao; Schnitzel Paniert Mit Brot; Lançang; I'll Talk To You; Georges W Bush.
Personnel: Lucien Dubuis: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet; Roman Nowka: bass, electric guitar; Lionel Friedli: drums; Miro Caltagirone: vocals (1, 7).
Record Label: Unit Records
Style: Modern Jazz