French violinist Dominique Pifarély – last heard on ECM a decade ago on Stefano Battaglia’s Re: Pasolini – returns to the label with an outstanding solo violin recital, drawn from performances at the Auditorium Saint-Germain in Poitiers and Cave Dimière in Argenteuil. The music is totally improvised – apart from a free interpretation of the jazz standard “My Foolish Heart” by Victor Young – and it roves through a range of moods and atmospheres, textures and tone colours, dynamically and unpredictably.
After debuting with his quintet on Rouge, reedist Louis Sclavis returned to ECM with French jazz violin phenom Dominique Pifarély to front this trend-setting session. Joined by guitarist Marc Ducret and bassist Bruno Chevillon, the so-called Acoustic Quartet snaps right into action with “Sensible,” the first of four pieces by Sclavis. It is, like every track that follows, an astute blend of composed and improvisatory elements that pairs instruments cleverly and with panache.