Carrier, Redman, Donato
Open Spaces (Spool)

Another stunning selection from the Carrier discography— finally unveiled.

Here is how the track selections read on the back cover of this new release by Carrier, Redman, Donato, Séguin, Lambert :

1. Going Through (20:57)

2. Open Spaces (12:54)

3. With The Flow (19:27)

Considering how everything flows beautifully within, this could quite possibly read “Going through open spaces with the flow” in one long addition.

Recorded during a series of live concerts in Quebec City during an autumn weather shift in 1999, it’s a little bewildering that this album only sees the light of day some half a dozen (plus) years later. Entirely improvised from start to finish, this luxurious recording doesn’t just vaguely confirm the talents of Montreal saxophonist François Carrier and his crew— it downright embraces it with reckless abandon.

The magic on ‘Open Spaces’ can be attributed to the slightly unconventional instrumentation: two saxophones and two double-basses. Carrier has always known how to properly surround himself, something his discography makes clearly visible. And by welcoming the legendary tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman (famously of the Ornette Coleman Quartet from 1967 to 1974 / not to mention stints with Charlie Haden’s Orchestra and Keith Jarrett’s mega-quintet of the burning 70s), he’s found a parallel to his alto, to which he can adequately (and occasionally whispfully) prosper during this series. Throw in Michel Donato and Ron Séguin duking things out on the double-bass, and long-time beat provider (and Carrier associate) Michel Lambert on drums— and you’ve got an eye-opener worth the price of admission, baby.

Free and uplifting, joyful and spiritual, and lovingly reminiscent of the finer days of the jazz avant-garde, you’ll no doubt be equally impressed by the results.

PS- On a sad note, Dewey Redman passed away on September 2nd, 2006 (but this is another testament of the inspiring music he’s left behind).

Jay Jay Erickson