By this original and well-timed collaboration, Timothée Quost continues his emancipatory exploration. This recording is the trace of a first meeting between the French trumpeter and two American musicians: the cellist / guitarist Ishmael Ali, based in Chicago and New York, as well as the drummer Bill Harris, of Chicago.
These three compare their experiments and harmonize their slippages. There emerges an idea of choreography, fluidity. The apparent harshness is actually a subtle combination of sensitive, fragile sounds, which open up endless possibilities for improvisation. A nostalgia enters between the electronic interstices which confront a striking acoustics. The care given to the sound aesthetics of the record is not anecdotal in its success.
The more you look at Dawá, the more you get the impression of bebop, of a link to very deep musical roots, which lead to flowering in 2020. The alchemy worked, and Dawá, like a Polaroid, testifies to this moment recorded in one day, completely spontaneous. And very well played.
Written by Raphaël Benoit for Citizen Jazz
Part of the appeal of improvised music is the spontaneity of it: fleeting moments that briefly appear within the shifting timbres, rhythms, and textures of the art.
This album, Dawa, marks such a meeting. The recording is a documentation of a first meeting between Paris-based trumpet player, composer & improviser Timotheé Quost, Chicago/New York-based cellist, guitarist, and improviser Ishmael Ali, and Chicago-based drummer & improviser Bill Harris.
Approaching the session with fresh ears, the trio navigates their shared musical landscape work curiosity, intuition, and vigor. Brutal high-energy spaces are contrasted by subtle, ambient soundscapes. Their electro-acoustic approach interweaves acoustic sounds with various electronics, leading the listener into surprising, unfamiliar spaces.
The trio will be touring throughout the Midwest and East Coast in support of the record in March of 2020.
Timotheé Quost - Trumpet, electronics
Ishmael Ali - Cello, guitar, electronics
Bill Harris - Drums, electronics
Recorded live at Orotund Music, Chicago, on April 8, 2019 by Bill Harris.
Mixed and mastered by Ishmael Ali and Bill Harris.
Artwork by Will McEvilly.