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Ducret, Marc: ICI (Ayler)

With a booklet of images showing the riverside location of the first performances of French guitarist Marc Ducret's sophisticated compositions reflecting tidal river flows & fluctuations by season, the four meticulous recordings on this album were captured in the studio with Fabrice Martinez on trumpet, flugelhorn & tuba, Christophe Monniot on saxophones and Samuel Blaser on trombone.

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Includes an 8-page color booklet of photos

UPC: 3473351400503

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-178
Squidco Product Code: 33296

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels w/ booklet
Recorded at Studio Ouanne, in October 2022, by Antonin Rayon.


Fabrice Martinez-trumpet, flugelhorn, tuba

Christophe Monniot-sopranino saxophone, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone

Samuel Blaser-trombone

Marc Ducret-electric guitars, composition

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"During the 2020's lockdowns, an idea came to mind:

Since it is currently impossible to play THERE, let's make some music HERE!

HERE, the sea is very close ; the river is subject to the fluctuations of the tide, the light is constantly changing, the reflections vary infinitely on the uncovered or submerged mud, the seasons illuminate this little corner of land and water differently : everything is moving, everything HERE is about cycles nested in each other, in crossed and concentric rhythms.

The time, the light, the tide, the season : it is the landscape that imposes its rhythm, its reflections, its silences on the music."-Marc Ducret, Carantec, France, March 2023

Includes an 8-page color booklet of photos

Artist Biographies

"Fabrice Martinez feels at home no matter the music, whether it's improvised, classic, modern or traditional. Fabrice quickly became a leader and a solist in various ensembles. As of today, he plays with Olivier Benoit's Orchestre National de Jazz, Thomas de Pourquery's Supersonic, Marc Ducret's Seven Songs (Metatonal, Ayler Records), Daniel Humair's New Quartet, the ArchiMusic ensemble (album Pensées pour Moi-même), Claude Tchamitchian's Grand Lousadzak, Yves Rousseau's and Christophe Marguet's Spirit Dance, Mike Reed's Chicago Suite, Fred Pallem & Le Sacre du Tympan, etc.

Fabrice Martinez played and recorded with numerous artists including Sergent Garcia, Alpha Blondy, Tony Allen, Aznavour, Bernard Lavilliers, Oxmo Puccino, Jacques Higelin and Barbara Carlotti (album Magnétique).

In 2005, Fabrice creates the group " Chut ! ", imposing a style between sensual jazz and level groove."

-Fabrice Martinez Website (

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"Christophe Monniot is a saxophonist in jazz born in Caen . He holds a first prize unanimously Jazz and improvised music CNSMD of Paris . He won the first solo prize at the National Jazz Competition of La Défense .

He began by studying the trumpet , before preferring the saxophone , all at the conservatory of Caen , and obtained a master's degree in musicology at the University of Rouen . He is noticed in the group of Laurent Dehors , Tous Dehors , then with the creation of the Campania of the music to hear , musico-rustic trio delusional with his companions Rémi Sciuto and Denis Charolles . His impressive solo qualities have earned him a place in Stéphan Oliva's , Daniel Humair's , Patrice Caratini's , and festive groups.Rite of Fred Pallem's eardrum .

Christophe Monniot will also be called by Paolo Damiani to participate in the adventure of the ONJ from 2000 to 2002.

His favorite saxophones are viola , baritone and to a lesser extent sopranino .

He adds to his iconoclastic side by titling his songs in an original way: Drama down (pun on Drum and bass ), Rhetoric for a barbarian , The walk muskrat , or completely deconstructing standards like Desafinado or Muskrat Ramble.

Christophe Monniot is not afraid of original projects: he created in 2001 Coutances a solo show on Tino Rossi , revisited in his own way. In 2007, he created Vivaldi Universal , control Rhino Jazz Festival, to reinterpret the Four Seasons of Vivaldi , in the light of climate change 1 . Martial Solal will describe this album as: "total success: everything is there: invention, technique, originality, madness, seriousness, lyrics, music, (...) 2 .

Christophe Monniot and Emil Spanyi, a well-known keyboard player, created Ozone in 2006 to offer a very personal, resolutely electric and electronic reading of jazz standards (from Duke Ellington to Antonio Carlos Jobim). Their first CD was hailed by the Charles Cros Academy. Their second album was released in September 2010 at BMC, a Hungarian label specializing in improvised European music, and was hailed by critics.

Christophe Monniot has also proven his talent in the field of music writing, whether for large training like JPOA 3 , or for smaller formulas (the trio Ozone or Moniomania). The saxophonist-composer has a pronounced taste for sound alloys strippers or unpublished.

A well-known composer, he shared his work with conservatory students in 2005, publishing "Duos pour 2 saxophones" 4 , published in February 2005, five emblematic compositions of his vast repertoire: Waltz for Alex - Twist - The redhead - Mechanics Samovar - The drunk of the Bride.

With Station Mir, a new project, he explores all the expressive facets of an acoustic trio whose instrumentation refers as much to chamber music as to imaginary folklore. This formula was inaugurated in Grenoble in April 2010, with accordionist Didier Ithursarry and violist Guillaume Roy."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (

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"[...] Born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland - a lesser-known but no less significant jazz metropolis which was, for a time, home to expatriate Americans Sidney Bechet and Kenny Clarke, as well as Swiss jazz trombonist Raymond Droz - Blaser has also spent considerable time living in New York City and currently resides in Berlin; truly an international musician, then, in clear defiance of boundaries cultural, musical and stylistic. Beginning trombone lessons at the age of 9, he "couldn't go past third position and had to have a trolley to carry trombone because it was too heavy," says Blaser. Still, with plenty of music in the Blaser household, where he was the middle of three children - ranging from Swiss folk music to American R&B and jazz - Blaser progressed quickly, entering the local conservatory at 14 and graduating seven years later in 2002 after receiving a number of awards in both the jazz and classical spheres, including the 2000 Benny Golson Prize.

Continuing private studies, Blaser began a number of significant associations, including the heralded Vienna Art Orchestra and European Radio Big Band, leading to a Fulbright scholarship which enabled him to study in the United States at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, going on to win the J.J. Johnson Prize, as well as both the Public Prize and Jury's Favorite Player awards at the 2006 Fribourg Jazz Festival.

All of these diverse accomplishments have ultimately - and inevitably - led to Blaser finding a personal nexus where disparate elements like Indian Tihi and Wagnerian opera meet. Blaser's impressive improvisational élan is predicated on instrumental mastery that is nothing more than the means to very musical ends. Together with his equally unfettered quartet, Blaser continues to expand the purview of jazz, redefining it in the new millennium as it enters its second century of existence.

Beyond Blaser's ability to combine knotty compositional form with incendiary improvisational prowess in the context of his own music, his unfettered yet ever-collaborative approach has resulted in a number of significant associations, among them his ongoing work with Swiss percussion legend Pierre Favre; a much-lauded duo with pianist Malcolm Braff; touring in 2012 as a member of François Houle's recent 5+1 group, and heard on the French Canadian clarinetist's Genera (Songlines, 2012); and recording/performing with Berlin-based Canadian saxophonist Peter van Huffel's HuffLiGNoN group with singer Sophie Tassignon. Blaser has also shared the stage with artists including trombonist David Taylor, bassist Michael Blake, drummer John Hollenbeck and pianist Hal Galper. It's no surprise that Rene Laanen of USA Trombone Online has called Blaser" one of today´s finest trombonists."

2013 will see Blaser touring with two new trios: one that, in addition to Marc Ducret, will also feature Danish drummer Peter Bruun; and another featuring French pianist Benoit Delbecq and American drummer Gerry Hemingway. Equally important, Blaser will also reunite his Consort in Motion (Kind of Blue, 2011) Quartet with pianist Russ Lossing, Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst, bassist Drew Gress and Hemingway, who replaces the sadly deceased Paul Motian. That record - Blaser's first and only to include a pianist, marrying the seemingly disparate elements of Renaissance and Baroque period composition with more open-ended jazz improvisation - was praised by All About Jazz's Troy Collins as " Fearlessly modern, yet respectfully regal." Collins continues, asserting that "Blaser's adventurous arrangements and reinterpretations offer the best of both worlds, enriching the raw impetuousness of avant-garde jazz with the proven sophistication of ageless classical forms. Consort in Motion is a high-water mark in the enduring lineage of the Third Stream, and all the more inspiring for the focus of its vision."

Meanwhile, with the release of As the Sea - like Boundless, a live recording but one culled from a single performance - Blaser reaps the rewards of greater trust and personal camaraderie built with Ducret, Oester and Cleaver through additional touring, following the release of their debut recording. "The music is quite different from the first record," says Blaser, "because things are more written. It's a little more complex rhythmically, too. But it's crazy, because I can play anything - a single note, even - and everybody will move with me. It's pretty intense."

Between recording and touring with his own groups and collaborating in other leaders' ensembles, Blaser's career continues an upward trajectory that seems to have no end in sight. "The world of music fascinates me to no end, and I´m determined to take one journey after another with my instrument and work," says Blaser. "It´s all about discovery and communicating new ideas. Believe me, I´m proof that a shiny trombone can send a message right to your heart and change your life." "

-Samuel Blaser Website (

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"Guitarist Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957. A self-taught musician, he began working in various groups (dance and folk included), and in the studio, before reaching the age of 20. In 1986, he became a member of the first French National Jazz Orchestra. Also in the late '80s, Ducret led his own trio and toured Europe, Africa, and Asia. In 1991, he began working with Tim Berne and went on to play with Berne in Caos Totale, Bloodcount, and Big Satan. Ducret has several solo recordings to his credit, released on Berne's Screwgun label and the Winter & Winter label. In the late '90s, Ducret formed a tentet, Seven Songs, to explore music of the '60s."-Joslyn Layne

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Track Listing:

1. L'ete, ICI (Summer) 11:58

2. L'automne, ICI (Autumn) 8:03

3. L'hiver, ICI (Winter) 9:10

4. Le Printemps (Spring), ICI 10:28

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