- 01 – Blues
- 02 – Snowline
- 03 – Gary’s Line
- 04 – Windline
- 05 – Skyline
- 06 – MS1014
- 07 – High Line
- 07 – High Line (II)
- 07 – High Line (III)
ROBERT KADDOUCH & GARY PEACOCK – HIGH LINE
Here is a constellation of compositions that pierces the sky and seems to tell the two musicians that this moment belongs only to them. We can feel in the high notes of French pianist Robert Kaddouch and the deep bass of American Gary Peacock the High Line on which Robert has built its harmonic structure: an unstable equilibrium where musicians, like tightrope walkers, increasingly move away from their comfort zone towards a point where only the fall becomes possible, or a spark of genius climbing even higher towards a new High Line.
At such altitudes, all borders are truly abolished. In New York, July 21 2015, after two days of recording, night falls and the lights quickly illuminate the whole city. The origins of each musical piece and even the songs’ titles have long been forgotten. Is this Besame Mucho or Lover Man? What remains is music, jazz reinventing itself and a constellation of compositions that we follow into an ever deeper blue sky.
Gary Peacock is a jazz legend whose influence has helped redefine the role of the double bass. He has collaborated with some of the greatest jazz artists ever, including Dexter Gordon, Barney Kessel, Bud Shank, Ravi Shankar, Art Pepper Don Ellis, Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, Gil Evans, Tony Wiliams, the Bill Evans Trio, the Albert Ayler Trio, and a stage appearance with Miles Davis, and more recently, 30 years of working with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.
Robert Kaddouch has played and recorded with Martial Solal, Daniel Humair and Cesarius Alvim, and as a duo with Jean-François Jenny Clark, Eddie Gomez, Chuck Israels and most recently, Gary Peacock.
Their encounter in July 2015 in New York’s Avatar Studios gave birth to this often bold exploration of traditional themes and standards in their first album, 53rd Street, as well as a freer approach to improvisation developed in High Line.
Booklet in English, French and German.
Program notes by Patrick Klein.
“… conversational interplay on the rich ‘Skyline’ and suave bop on ‘MS1014’ make this a soft and sensuous pleasure.”
Jazz Weekly - George W. Harris / 9 January 2017
“The apotheosis of jazz’s high wire acts, the duet, is presented here by two masters, pianist Robert Kaddouch and bassist Gary Peacock on these two albums. The moods are similar, but the variant selections set them apart.
High Line is made up of seven originals, ranging from 2 to over 10 minutes. The moods change from song to song, with Kaddouch lurking on ‘Snowline’ with a rich use of space on ‘Gary’s Line’ and the easy and relaxed swing on ‘I Blues’. Some conversational interplay on the rich ‘Skyline’ and suave bop on ‘MS1014’ make this a soft and sensuous pleasure.”
“‘High Line’ includes three compositions by the pianist that complete a series of collective improvisation. The atmosphere is concentrated, in every sense. The sound is full, the touch precise, and the crossing of lines and sounds fills the space of a beautiful shared presence.”
Jazz Magazine - Vincent Cotro / June 2016
“The one who teaches piano improvisation to babies and children is more renowned as a teacher and trainer at present than on stage and in the studio. Yet Robert Kaddouch has worked with no less than with Martial Solal, JF Jenny-Clark, and Chuck lsraels, before offering this diptych with the great Gary.
‘High Line’ includes three compositions by the pianist that complete a series of collective improvisation. The atmosphere is concentrated, in every sense. The sound is full, the touch precise, and the crossing of lines and sounds fills the space of a beautiful shared presence. But if the desired rejection of stereotypes often means adopting a kind of relaxed atonality, sometimes flirting with serialism, it all tends to produce an overall expression that to me seems sometimes overly neutral, together with a certain rhythmic abstraction (Skyline). More fleshy and playful, the album ‘53rd Street’ is an anthology of traditional melodies, standards or children's songs, chosen to be reinvented in the here and now of the meeting - not to mention the sometimes unexpected and tasty connections between these songs (Jingle Bells - A Foggy Day). The taste for subtle reharmonisations of Kaddouch are generously expressed here, but the voice of Peacock unfortunately rarely a raises itself as soloist.”