Title - 'No Wind Tonight ...'
Artist - Free Human Zoo
Featuring elements of Jazz, Rock, Jazz-Rock, Pop, Prog, Folk, Etno, World and so much more, the electrifying sextet Free Human Zoo - led by drummer and percussionist Gilles Le Rest - keeps on its passionate search for liberating music here on their brand new album No Wind Tonight …, whilst still incorporating its bold brand of hybridization.
Some two years after they released their wondrously received album Freedom, Now!, Free Human Zoo - Laurent Skoczek, Samy Thiébault, Nico Feuger, Emmanuel Guerrero, Matthieu Rosso and the aforementioned Gilles Le Rest - are back with a bang!
CD 1 - Bab'Y
01. 'Prologue' (2:40)
02. 'Barbarossa' (4:25)
03. 'Klezmer Volutes' (1:47)
04. 'Die frohlichen kamaraden' (3:58)
05. 'Pitchipoi' (4:22)
06. 'L'espoir au Coeur' (3:57)
07. 'The Yar' (6:49)
08. 'My Little African Doll' (5:48)
09. 'Revoir l'aurore' (2:42)
10. 'Forces Vitales' (5:57)
11. 'Epilogue' (1:42)
CD 2 - Curritur ad Vocem
01. 'Curritur' (6:42)
02. 'Sursum Corda' (5:12)
03. 'Ad Vocem' (3:20)
04. 'Vive Valeque' (4:22)
05. 'Acta Est Fabula' (5:10)
06. Talitha Koum (6:42)
07. No Wind Tonight (7:07)
The first disc opens with a long memorial suite entitled Bab'Y, the 11 sub part opus being a heartfelt a tribute to the survivors of Babi Yar (where in September 1941 some 33,771 Jews were gunned down by the SS).
Opening with the stern 'Prologue,' the melodies being to come forth on the more playful 'Barbarossa' and the short, but uber sweet 'Klezmer Volutes.'
The methodical 'Die frohlichen kamaraden' is along next and even has a gentle Wintry feel to it, before the finger-snappin' and sax wonderment of 'Pitchipoi' (my personal favorite amongst the 11) and then the vibrant 'L'espoir au Coeur' are brought forth.
Evoking the power of the life forces, the forces of life, through the evidence of a compassionate fraternity, of a necessary communion of the "after", as a whole BabY's sub tracks draw from a spiral of contrary feelings and bring them into the light - if only for a few minutes.
The dulcet piano work of 'The Yar' gives this track its more serious backbone with the thoughtful, yet melodic key work of 'My Little African Doll' backing it beautifully.
A track that wouldn't be out of place in a smoky underground, late night/early morning jazz club 'Revoir l'aurore' is up next with the first disc rounding out with the bombastic 'Forces Vitales,' and then the emphatic closer 'Epilogue.'
The second disc comes in three pieces, the first split into 5 sub tracks and overall is a piece inspired by a traditional medieval style that comes from the series called "Carmina Burana" (manuscript of the Abbey of Benediktbeuern / XIII C.).
Opening with the joyous musical deliberations of 'Curritur' that's backed seamlessly by the free flowing piano, drum, bass and trumpet work on 'Sursum Corda,' with the more delicate 'Ad Vocem' along next.
The drums and sax take centerstage next on another late night jazz club-evoking 'Vive Valeque' with the sweepingly lush 'Acta Est Fabula' another stand out work of musical art here.
The next main track is 'Talitha Koum' and celebrates the mystery of perpetual rebirth, especially through an open and laughing harmonic grid combined with a fast and more tense tempo.
This quite stunning, absolutely mesmerizing new album then comes to a close with the title track (and longest at over seven minutes), 'No Wind Tonight.' The cut is an eponymous theme of the album and comes across as a calm, clensing and introspective journey for the soul once undertaken.
With room to freely manoevure within its construction for the acoustic piano, double bass and tenor sax, it's Zen warmth and state of fluid being makes it the most perfect way to end the album - let alone ones day, in general, of course.
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