“A group. That’s the feeling that this record gives off. A group at the service of music, which nourishes it, invests it, enlightens it, gives it its breath. The presence of Marc Copland behind the keyboard is not for nothing in the intensity of the seven compositions by Michel El Malem, tenor saxophonist and soprano, whom we know little about.
But it is not only the American pianist who stands out. Michael Felberbaum is full of verve, Marc Buronfosse and Luc Isenmann provide the irrigated and powerful foundations required for this music that takes time to develop.
A disc of rare cohesion, far from the assembly of circumstance, which gives the impression of going to the end of oneself”.
Source: Jazz News – December 2011