Imaginist - Le Boeuf Brothers + Jack quartet

Based on the “Imaginist” poetry movement, the Le Boeuf Brothers present an amalgamation of fresh improvisatory approaches with an informed compositional aesthetic branching from literature, jazz, and the "new music" community. The hybridized 9-piece chamber ensemble features JACK Quartet, one of New York’s premier string quartets devoted to contemporary classical music, as well as a collection of longtime collaborators including Grammy-nominated tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel (Kneebody), alternating bassists Ben Street and Martin Nevin, and alternating drummers Justin Brown and Peter Kronreif.

 

Remixed - Le Boeuf Brothers

Featuring new remixes by Remy & Pascal Le Boeuf, David Binney, Tim Lefebvre, "Wolff Parkinson White" (AKA: Jochen Rueckert), Kissy Girls, Lucky Luke & Armand Hirsch.  A remix is an alternate version of a recording made by rebalancing, recombining or altering individual tracks. The art of remixing is most common in technology-oriented genres such as electronic music, but can certainly be applied to any recorded music, although it seems more rare in jazz/improvised music. However, there is actually a fertile, underground scene comprised of jazz musicians who are closet DJs. Amongst them are identical twins, the Le Boeuf Brothers, saxophonist/composer Remy and pianist/composer Pascal, whose latest project fuses their New York jazz background with a fresh blend of electronica, trip-hop and drum 'n' bass to create the remix collaboration project, Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed (available April 30 on Nineteen-Eight Records); an intelligent, entertaining, voguish new work, based on their recent album, In Praise of Shadows (Nineteen-Eight Records).

 
 

IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS - LE BOEUF BROTHERS

The Le Boeuf twins - saxophonist Remy and keyboardist Pascal - announce an ambitious step in their creative development with their new album, In Praise of Shadows. Joined by fellow twenty-somethings Mike Ruby on tenor saxophone, Nir Felder on guitar, Linda Oh on bass, and Henry Cole on drums, as well as the Myth String Quartet, the Le Boeuf brothers have created a work that spans the gulf of modern jazz with indie rock and intelligent electronic music.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

House without a door

 

The brothers' writing and playing is technically skilled, but unlike many other young jazz musicians they also invest both with some genuine emotion and originality. As a result, the entire album has a maturity that is rare in players who are barely into their early twenties. This maturity is assisted by the quality of the album's other instrumentalists, although most of them are also still in their twenties. The compositions give all of the players the opportunity to stretch out and all of them take that opportunity and use it to good effect. Ambrose Akinmusire's trumpet playing is exemplary throughout, especially on "Save Me from Myself," where his raw, at times almost ragged, sound adds an edge to the brothers' more polite tones. Marcus Strickland's soprano saxophone on "Coffee Suite III: Exhaustion" also stands out both in his solo and his duets with Remy's alto.

Personnel: Remy Le Boeuf: alto sax, flutes, bass clarinet; Pascal Le Boeuf: piano, Fender Rhodes; Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet; Marcus Strickland: soprano and tenor saxes; Janelle Reichman: tenor sax; Matt Brewer: bass (3, 4, 6-9, 11,12); Billy Norris: bass (1, 2, 5, 10); Clarence Penn: drums (3, 4, 6-9, 11, 12); Greg Ritchie: drums (1, 2, 5, 10).