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Extremes

Act big band & guests


Tracks :

1. Pentaprism (Michel Herr)
2. Omnitonic (Francy Boland)
3. Extremes (Michel Herr) featuring Joe Lovano
4. In a sentimental mood (Duke Ellington / arr. Bert Joris) featuring Joe Lovano
5. Ré (Arnould Massart) featuring John Ruocco
6. Easy fucksong (Bert Joris)
7. Rough Business (Jean Warland)
8. Ana Maria (Wayne Shorter / arr. Michel Herr)
7. Rough Stuff (Jean Warland)

Musicians :

Félix Simtaine - drums, leader
Michel Herr - piano, musical director
Joe Lovano - tenor saxophone (on # 3 & 4)
John Ruocco - tenor saxophone (on # 5)
Eric Verhaeghe, Serge Plume, Bert Joris, Richard Rousselet - trumpet & flugelhorn
Peter Vandendriessche - alto sax
Erwin Vann, Kurt Van Herck - tenor sax
Johan Vandendriessche - baritone sax
Marc Godfroid, Paul Bourdiaudhy - trombone
Jean-Pol Danhier - trombone, tuba
Philippe Aerts - double bass
Jean-Pierre Catoul - violin (on track 2 only)

Recorded in November 1986 at Igloo studio, Brussels. Released in 1987. CD (Igloo IGL 044).
This CD has also been released in Canada (Amplitude JACD-4002).

It was reissued in May 2012 in the "Igloo Jazz Classics" series. See the cover under the original one. Available HERE and as a download on the iTunes Store.
See also the photo galleries of Act Big Band.





The press / La presse

"Ecoutez la cohésion de l'ensemble, assurée par le leader et batteur Félix Simtaine, et les arrangements du pianiste Michel Herr ! Les riffs hardis de Easy fucksong; les harmonies impavides de Pentaprism; les poursuites sur Extrêmes; les pointes lyriques d'In a Sentimental Mood... tout le répertoire ferait swinguer une tortue des Galapagos.
L'écouter, c'est revenir à la raison par le trajet le plus court."

Bruno Pfeiffer , Libération.fr, jazz blogs.