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House Without A Door

by Le Boeuf Brothers

Forward-thinking New York jazz characterized by odd time signatures, alternative rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, Brian Blade and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Code Word
5:15 $0.99
2. Wetaskiwin
5:10 $0.99
3. Morning Song
7:32 $0.99
4. House Without A Door
6:06 $0.99
5. Siddhartha in California
5:25 $0.99
6. Tabula Rasa
6:01 $0.99
7. Save Me From Myself
5:28 $0.99
8. Coffee Suite I: Do Drink, No Think
3:03 $0.99
9. Chocolate Frenzy
6:18 $0.99
10. Valentine
4:41 $0.99
11. Coffee Suite III: Exhaustion
3:46 $0.99
12. Introspective Moment
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Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf (saxophone and piano) are part of a growing New York jazz scene characterized by odd time signatures, alternative rock, and the influences of artists such as Radiohead, Brian Blade and Kurt Rosenwinkel. What makes the 22-year-old Le Boeuf Brothers sparkle among other young jazz musicians is their uncanny ability to communicate with each other using their own secret musical language. This isn't surprising when you discover that Pascal and Remy Le Boeuf are identical twins.

In their short musical career, the Le Boeuf Brothers (pronounced "le buff") have garnered an impressive tally of national and international awards and accomplishments, the most notable being the ASCAP/IAJE Commission honoring Quincy Jones, which premiered at the 2004 IAJE conference and featured tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. The Le Boeuf Brothers have also received awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and dominated the 2006 Independent Music Awards, winning Best Jazz Album and Best Jazz Song for their prior release “Migration”.

Upon graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007, Remy and Pascal made the difficult decision to separate for a year. Pascal explains, "we decided it would be best for the two of us to pursue our individual interests for a year and share our knowledge with each-other upon reuniting." This gave Remy the opportunity to develop multiple projects incorporating 20th century classical composition, while allowing Pascal a chance to travel around the U.S. and Canada, writing and collaborating with various artists for a soon to be released rock/electronica album under the alias "iPascal".

The Le Boeuf Brothers have since reunited to record their most recent album "House Without A Door." Described by the New York Times as an “impressively self assured new album… which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era.” "It showcases their evermore-confident composing. While half of the album features a tough, young rhythm section of their musical peers, the other half finds the twins keeping company with stellar New York cats like drummer Clarence Penn, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland." (Monterey County Weekly).

Pascal describes ‘House without a Door’ as “an attempt to create the perfect balance between intellect and emotion. After spending time apart working on contemporary classical composition and rock/electronica individually, it made sense for us to combine forces on this album." These influences shine on tracks such as Remy's "Tabula Rasa," a thru-composed maze of colorful saxophone arpeggio's resembling Claude Debussy and Miguel Zenon, and Pascal's "Wetaskiwin," a dreamlike hymn clearly influenced by Radiohead. "Our hope is that by connecting with our own personal emotions through music, we can connect with our audience."



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Impressive improvement
on the Le Boeuf twins' previous album "Migration" (2005, LBJazz); especially regarding alto saxist Remy's playing - in terms of expanding palette of idioms, tone and phrasing - that transformed for the better in course of the three intervening years. Please bear in mind the LB Brothers were 21/2 years old at the time of the recording. Their third album presents through composed and arranged, dynamic contemporary jazz tunes, with engaging melodies and neatly filled segments for improvisations. Just like its predecessor, two alternating rhythm sections are employed: the more famous pair is made up of Matt Brewer (double bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) on tracks #3-4, 6-9, 11-12, whereas Billy Norris and Greg Ritchie are featured on the rest (#1-2, 5, 10).

A welcome addition to this repertoire is the influence of classical music/chamber jazz, as it is more prominent on four tracks (#3-6): the longest tune 'morning song' is a sweeping, multi-part piece, featuring - as elsewhere - Remy's emotionally charged, impeccably executed solo, which is followed by the bittersweet title track guesting the trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire for the theme; while 'siddhartha in california' finds Remy on flute, alto flute and bass clarinet, with Pascal delivering a straight ahead piano solo seguing into Brewer's sinewy take on bass. The sleek 'tabula rasa' was written by the altoist twin (just as cuts #3, 7, 9-10).

#7 'save me from myself' shifts from poignant start to relaxed lyricism, with Akinmusire pulling off a soaring solo w/ praiseworthy intonation. #9 'chocolate frenzy' offers some angular ostinato and busy horns (alto and trumpet), w/ Remy unleashing his elaboration reminiscent of D. Binney or K. Garrett and Pascal providing steady, straight ahead piano improv. I really like tune #10 'valentine' for its carefree breeziness and charm...

Pascal Le Boeuf brought seven songs to the table, including the energetic, almost fusionesque opener 'code word', the elegiac #2 'wetaskiwin' in the mood of, say, Radiohead but with more subtlety - both compositions feature one Janelle Reichman on tenor sax in supporting role (audible on #10). The pianist sibling is also responsible for three short yet compact tunes under 4 minutes in length: #8 'coffee suite I: no drink, no think' and its part III, track #11 'exhaustion' are both little gems, the former starting off somewhat dark w/ a bit of arco bass, then picking up steam during its tango phase that is further developed in the latter part, with the added contribution of Marcus Strickland's spirited solo on soprano sax (elsewhere he contributes on tenor - #3, 8). The set concludes w/ the balladistic #12 'introspective moment' having a curt but expressive solo from Akinmusire. Total time: 62.12 min. Heartily recommended!