Rising jazz star
Sylvain Leroux’s new release Quatuor Creole highlights his
extensive talents on flutes. The 2012 album features Leroux on both the
tambin (Fula flute) and a traditional C flute. Part of what makes the
release a welcomed arrival is sideman Sergo Decius’ world music rhythms
on congas and percussion. Contrabassist Matt Pavolka displays a
grounding sense of this on his instrument too, making for rhythm and
grooves that are as enlightening as they are therapeutic. The notable
Karl Berger’s piano and vibraphone performance only add to this
recording’s representation as a perfect contemporary music release for
those in pursuit of sounds beyond jazz, yet played by musicians who in
fact have that type of chops and command on their instruments.
This statement is made evident on the album’s centerpiece, the nearly 12
minute long “fantaisie creole”. Another standout is “Tanganika”, which
comes in just short of the six minute mark.