Olivier le Goas & Reciprocity

On Ramp of Heaven Dreams

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917349320
Catnr: CR 73493
Release date: 10 January 2020
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Challenge Records
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CR 73493
Release date
10 January 2020

"... the performance on this album is great. None of the musicians are absolute leaders on this record, each of them becomes one at a certain time of the piece. Depending on the dramaturgical content created, emotional tensions build up, constructing dimensions of expression and improvisation. It is a consequence of the aesthetic stance of the four artists, personalities known for their creative artistic talent, who adhere to the ideas of breaking stylistic conventions."

Jazz Fun, 16-3-2020
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A skilled drummer with a strong command of polyrhythms and complex meters, Olivier Le Goas is also an accomplished composer with a gift for pleasing harmonies and memorable melodies. The veteran French bandleader showcased his abundant gifts on 2016’s acclaimed album Reciprocity, which was hailed in a 4-1/2 star Downbeat review for its “appealing sound that has one foot in chamber-like formalism while also exploring heightened realms of improvisation”. Le Goas’ follow-up, his sixth as a leader, stakes out similarly agreeable and dynamic musical territory; the kind that was favorably compared to the Pat Metheny Unity Group on his last outing. Returning from Reciprocity is rising star American guitarist Nir Felder, whose warm tone and fluid lines are a key component here alongside John Escreet’s cascading piano work, Larry Grenadier’s resounding bass lines and Le Goas’ irrepressible presence behind the kit.

Together they navigate the twisting terrain of the drummer-bandleader’s fully-realized compositions with sensitivity and aplomb, with a couple of knowing winks to Metheny along the way. Indeed, the album title itself contains a nod to the guitar great’s 1982 Grammy Award winning album, Off Ramp, while the brightly flowing and cleverly-titled composition “Light Size Dreams” is a sly reference to the title track of Metheny’s groundbreaking 1976 debut on ECM Records, Bright Size Life. Le Goas readily acknowledges the Metheny influence on those two appealing pieces. “Yes, the album title is directly inspired by that wonderful Pat Metheny album, Off Ramp, and ‘Light Size Dreams’ definitely has echoes of Bright Size Life. But the fourth movement and coda from ‘Light Size Dreams’ were also inspired by ‘And Then I Know’ from the Pat Metheny Group album, We Live Here.”
Olivier Le Goas ist nicht nur kunstfertiger Drummer mit Stärken in Polyrhythmik und komplexen Metren, sondern auch ein versierter Komponist mit einer Gabe für angenehme Harmonien und einprägsame Melodien. Der französische Bandleader-Veteran stellte seine vielen Talente bereits auf seinem vielgelobten Album Reciprocity (2016) zur Schau. Die Platte wurde in einer 4 1/2-Sterne-Rezension von Downbeat für seinen „ansprechenden Klang“ gelobt, „der mit einem Bein in kammermusikalischem Formalismus steht, aber ebenso höchste Ebenen der Improvisation auslotet“. Le Goas‘ Follow-up, seine sechste CD als Bandleader, steckt ebenso ein angenehmes und dynamisches musikalisches Gebiet ab, das wohlwollend mit dem der Pat Metheny Unity Group verglichen wurde. Wie schon auf Reciprocity hört man auch auf der neuen Scheibe den aufsteigenden, amerikanischen Gitarristen Nir Felder, dessen warmer Ton und fließende Linien hier neben John Escreets kaskadenartiger Klavierarbeit, Larry Grenadiers tönenden Basslinien und Le Goas‘ unbändiger Präsenz am Drumkit ein Schlüsselelement sind.

Zusammen navigieren sie das unebene Terrain der Kompositionen des Drummer-Bandleaders mit Gefühl und Können und einigen wohlwissenden Anspielungen auf Metheny. Der Albumtitel selbst enthält eine solche Allusion zu dem mit einem Grammy ausgezeichneten Album Off Ramp (1982) der Gitarrengröße, und der hell fließende und gewitzt betitelte Track ‚Light Size Dreams‘ bezieht sich gerissen auf den Titeltrack von Methenys bahnbrechendem Debütalbum auf ECM Records, Bright Size Life (1976). Le Goas gesteht Methenys Einfluss in diesen beiden ansprechenden Stücken bereitwillig ein: „Ja, der Albumtitel wurde direkt von dem wunderbaren Pat Metheny-Album Off Ramp inspiriert, und ‚Light Size Dreams‘ birgt definitiv Echos von Bright Size Life. Aber der vierte Satz und die Coda von ‚Light Size Dreams‘ wurden auch von ‚And Then I Know‘ vom Album We Live Here der Pat Metheny Group geprägt.“

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Born in Oise France Jazz drummer, and composer Olivier Le Goas has performed with numerous great musician such as: Jean-François Jenny-Clark, Marc Ducret, Bojan Z, Dominique Di Piazza, Laurent Cugny « Light » Big Band, Linley Marthe, David Chevallier, Ben Monder, Jason Linder, Tim Lefevre, Avishai Cohen (trp), Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Jim Black, Andrew d’Angelo…

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... the performance on this album is great. None of the musicians are absolute leaders on this record, each of them becomes one at a certain time of the piece. Depending on the dramaturgical content created, emotional tensions build up, constructing dimensions of expression and improvisation. It is a consequence of the aesthetic stance of the four artists, personalities known for their creative artistic talent, who adhere to the ideas of breaking stylistic conventions.
Jazz Fun, 16-3-2020

... From the very beginning the drummer shows how complex he can use his rhythmics, with an excellent penchant for polyrhythm...
Musikansich, 22-2-2020

Changing rhythms and shifting harmonies ...
Jazzism, 14-2-2020

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