Thu 23 Feb ’2320:30Eduard Flipse Zaal
The quartet Nefertiti takes its name from the composition by Wayne Shorter, the musical poet whose dreams find their expression in such improbably shaped melodic lines. The group draws on that idea in the passion they have for working on the form of compositions. The band which started in 2013 between the walls of the conservatory in Paris might look like a classic jazz quartet, and these are indeed superb players, but appearances can be deceptive. We could not be further removed here from those endless repetitions of ‘chorus - improvised solos – chorus again’. In Nefertiti, there is a very different dramaturgy. The form appears only when it needs to, after preliminary frolicking and shadow-play. Then, and only then, does the composition move forward. In a paradoxical and very appealing way, it is liberating. And that is because, once the free sounds have created their own tension, the arrival of melody and pulse brings certainty; and yet the line has the liberty to zigzag, to whirl about, and to be peppered with polyrhythms.
The masterful interplay of the four musicians of this gender-equal unit contained all achievements of modern North American jazz in a highly developed manner and offered highly precise soloing.
Delphine Deau piano | Pedro Ivo Ferreira double bass | Pierre Demange drums | Camille Maussion saxofoon