Nicolas Masson Parallels – Thirty Six Ghosts (CF 163)
Lately the form has made a comeback and there is some very good music being made. Today’s CD by Nicolas Masson Parallels typifies what’s happening with the best. Their new album “Thirty Six Ghosts” (Clean Feed) gives you nine thoughtful and well thought-out compositions for quartet—Nicolas Masson on tenor sax, Colin Valton on electric piano, Patrice Morel on double bass and Lionel Friedli on drums.
This is subtle, sophisticated music. Masson plays a chromatic tenor that ventures into territories that Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker have treaded, but he follows his own path. He turns in some excellent work here. The rhythm team of Vallon, Moret and Friedli set up long-spinning grooves with plenty of rhythmic and harmonic variation. Valton solos with discerning taste and Friedl’s drums can really kick the band along.
“Thirty Six Ghosts” is a recording that breathes new life into the Rock influenced channels of improvisatory music. It is simply superlative and highly recommended.