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Louis Sclavis
L'affrontement des prétendants

Louis Sclavis clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone
Jean-Luc Cappozzo trumpet
Vincent Courtois cello
Bruno Chevillon double-bass
François Merville drums
L'affrontement des prétendants
Contre contre: Hors les murs
Hommage à Lounès Matoub
Le temps d'après
Maputo introduction, Maputo
La mémoire des mains

Recorded September 1999
ECM 1705
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Louis Sclavis, now recognized as one of the most important voices in European jazz, introduces a new band, with only bassist Bruno Chevillon retained from his previous ECM recordings. Blending strong jazz soloing (with trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozo making a particularly impressive showing) with elements drawn from contemporary composition, free improvising, and real and imaginary folklore, Sclavis has come up with a very convincing musical statement. Compositions include the suite-length "Hommage à Lounès Matoub", dedicated to the memory of the Algerian protest singer murdered in 1998.