Fred Alarie Duo – Undertaking (Multiple Chord Music)
A riveting set of dialogues between bassist Frédéric Alarie and trumpeter Jacques Kuba Séguin. The fact that this recording is likely to get filed under avant-garde might draw attention away from the sublime beauty this duo generates with a melodic succinctness and a strong spatial awareness. The result is music better suited for quieter moments when the need for serenity is high. That said, there’s plenty of volatility when the duo wants to conjure it up, but never to the point where that abiding, odd serenity is ever at risk. A very cool recording.