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Reviewed by Wade Donk

Yvette Audain: Grooves Unspoken

Reviewed by Wade Donk

Yvette Audain: Grooves Unspoken

Yvette Audain brings an eclectic mixture of iconic impressions and unique sounds to this classical music compilation The album begins with the uplifting ‘Grooves Unspoken’, a tonic featuring Audain on alto sax and rhythmic piano melodies of Hong Yul Yang. In Hazine (Treasure) a swimmingly good clarinet solo seemlessly merges Egyptian and Turkish influences with jazz. As this track winds down into mysterious eastern tones it becomes evident that Audain approaches music both creatively and professionally. The energy of live performance (captured, mixed and mastered by Tim Dodd) must have had some effect as each piece has the gusto of expression. Alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet and cello take the lead, delivering a variety of unique rhythms, expressions and inquisitive disambiguations. Hold Fast is all original – a true clarinet number with a Scottish influence, with bagpipes alternating flow and rhythm. Bulletproof Petals brings contrasts of soprano and baritone saxes for a rich sound, with the album ending on a delightful impression of the 1920s Charleston clave, which is an enjoyable divergence from the original thanks to the sardonic foxtrot intertwine. A most enjoyable collection.