"Gil Scott-Heron and I, we saw each other as conspirators you know, as co-conspirators and trying to get the message of sensitive urgency about becoming more involved with our lives, more involved about what it’s going on at the time in America."
The remit of French jazz outfit Florian Pellissier Quintet is to connect Paris to New York; to link the classical to the modern. This ambitious task is fully realized on BijouVoyou Caillou, a relaxing record of chilled arrangements, smooth horn work and a hell of a lot of cool vibes.
Originally released in the mid-’80s, this intriguing funk-laced album finds the iconic pocket trumpeter navigating through the sonic landscapes that some of his jazz leftist contemporaries such as Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, Joe Bowie’s Defunkt and Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society (and Herbie Hancock’ collaborations with Bill Frisell) trafficked.
If Both Directions At Once has sparked huge interest then it is not just because a discovery has been made. Not just another gemstone tape by the innovative saxophonist. It is an album by the ‘Classic Quartet’ – drummer Elvin Jones, double bassist Jimmy Garrison and pianist McCoy Tyner – that fully lives up to its billing.
The Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, who made a connection between Nordeste traditions and Miles Davis in the 1970s, just added four volumes to an already massive discography. His oeuvre is as iconoclastic as it is sophisticated, and at age 82, he is touring with it again.