Revisite CD, Import
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Those who caught French trumpeter Erik Truffaz's 2000 release, The Mask--a forward-looking m駘ange of Miles Davis-influenced cool jazz and acoustic drum & bass grooves--will no doubt want to hear Truffaz's latest concoction, Revisité. Like The Mask, Revisité is culled from several albums Truffaz and his quartet released in France in the early '90s: Out of a Dream, The Dawn, and Bending New Corners. But unlike The Mask, which was a compilation of tunes from those albums, Revisité contains seven new remixes that push the original tracks into some impressively varied and innovative terrain. Using mostly the original acoustic performances and blanketing them in a wall of electronic sound, the remixes interestingly play up the electronic aspect of Truffaz's tunes without sacrificing the acoustic balance and interplay of the originals. Alex Gopher's "Bending New Corners" is straight-up drum & bass, while Goo's remix of "Siegfried" sounds like early '90's acid jazz, and Mobile in Motion's trip-hop flavored "The Dawn (Part 2)" would have sounded at home on the first Portishead album. Pierre Henry's take on "More," on the other hand, looks even further back, to Miles Davis's "Great Expectations" from the 1974 album Get Up with It in its extended, spacey melody and use of ambient electronic sounds. It's a testament to Truffaz's original material though, that even when the remixes sound a bit dated, they still put a fresh spin on what was already some very visionary music. --Ezra Gale
Jazz has has always short-changed sound, aural texture and production in favor of instrumental and interpretational prowess. There are very few brilliantly 'produced' jazz records in the sense that "Boston," "Pink Floyd," or "The ORb" are well-produced. Here, the great sound of a superior 'HOUSE' record merges with soulful soloing that looks forward to the future of jazz as a popular force. I think the future of jazz is toward a new fusion with the more 'ambient electronic' soundscapes pioneered by the 'acid jazz' experminters in the '90s. While having to sample most of their stuff, those guys showed where the hip direction is. Ever restless guitar genius John McLaughlin stated this many years ago and has experimented in that direction in his last two "Heart of Things" records. Truffaz and his re-mixers are already there on "Revisite" although in not quite as progressive or difficult a way as Mclaughlin was attempting. Also, anyone who likes this disc should also check out "Pariah's Pariah" by Gary Thomas.
So, I looked around at record exchanges and found Revisite and Walk of the Giant Turtle for roughly 6.00 each for a real look at this guy. Hey, for 6.00 how bad could it be? I was/am pleasantly surprised at the talent and style of this artist and this CD. Smooth and yet sharp in expression.
He's not just playing scales. There is some real improvisation going on here and yet there are strong melodies and beats to carry the tunes through to the end. This is really a nice blend of electronic and jazz with some hip hop beats on some of the selections. This ain't smooth jazz. But it is really smooth.
Still looking for The Mask. Not much chance of finding it though.