Temporäre

by Jean Lapouge

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Bird is the worm
D Sumner
January, 2012
Best of 2011: 5. Jean Lapouge – Temporäre


Some music just sounds pretty when all evidence indicates that it shouldn’t. Jean Lapouge’s Temporare makes for an excellent Exhibit A. Lapouge’s trio consists of his guitar, the trombone of Christiane Bopp, and the vibes of Christian Paboeuf (who also double on oboe on a couple tracks); not a typical jazz trio. And the compositions don’t exactly bring it back wholly in the jazz tent.
There is a palpable tension in the harsh calls of Lapouge’s guitar against the skittering vibes, and against the backdrop of blaring trombone notes. But then guitar grows gentle and the trombone is a friendly word in the ear and the vibes are bright and warm, and an odd serenity sets in. As dreams can be both serene and terrifying, Temporare shows no inclination to draw a dividing line between the varied emotions this album evokes.
Lapouge, a founding member of the Noetra Collective (would fit right in with early ECM world-jazz like Oregon and Terje Rypdal), may not have seen much commercial success from his music, but the development of his sound has resulted in a genuinely unique voice. Temporäre, a 2011 release on the Musea Records label, is gonna appeal to fans of Bill Frisell’s Quartet. It is an album of eerie music that happens to also be quite beautiful.

birdistheworm.com/tiny-reviews-recapping-the-best-of-2011-part-1/






Wayside
Steve Feigenbaum

After sadly winding up his wonderful Noetra ensemble in the early/mid 1980s, guitarist and composer Jean Lapouge went more into an area closer to jazz/electric jazz/ECM sound. One of his current projects is this trio with long-time bandmate (stretching all the way back to the Noetra days) Christian Paboeuf on vibes and oboe and Christiane Bopp on trombone. Recorded in May 2009, the album reflects the sound of the band's live work. The accent here is on the tracks' simplicity and their inherent poetry. For the composer, the album strikes the delicate balance between composition and improvisation. For fans of the ECM sound, this is as good as it gets without actually being on ECM and is better than many of ECM's guitar-based trio albums.

www.waysidemusic.com/Music-Products/Lapouge-Jean-Temporare






Concert Granville (mars 2009)
Christian Ducasse

La mélodie véhicule l’art de Jean Lapouge, grand trésor caché du jazz, dans sa veine la plus autonome. Autodidacte, le guitariste émerveille et intrigue les musiciens qui approchent ce singulier personnage. Jadis, Manfred Eicher – producteur visionnaire du label ECM – l’avait convoqué à Munich afin d’en savoir plus sur les secrets de son univers. Son trio actuel composé de son fidèle complice Christian Paboeuf (vibraphone et hautbois) et de la tromboniste Christiane Bopp, déjoue les codes. Cette distribution unique aux grandes capacités sonores dans l’acoustique, distille des climats à la fois baroques et contemporains, voire pop, tandis que le leader revendique sa légitimité dans l’univers du jazz actuel. A l’heure où bon nombre s’interrogent sur le sens du mot “création”, Jean Lapouge délivre une œuvre universelle aussi sophistiquée qu’accessible aux oreilles vierges.


Bird is the worm
D Sumner
September, 2017
www.birdistheworm.com/now-seems-like-an-ideal-time-to-talk-about-jean-lapouge/

Some music just sounds pretty when all evidence indicates that it shouldn’t. Jean Lapouge’s 2011 release Temporare makes for an excellent Exhibit A. As dreams can be both serene and terrifying, Temporare shows no inclination to draw a dividing line between the varied emotions this album evokes. There is tension throughout the recording, even when tranquility rules the moment. And there’s plenty of edge, to boot. “My Song Goes Wrong” is just one example of many where a piece with a lullaby demeanor, at times, jabs and flails and speaks of anything but peaceful night’s sleep. Lapouge’s guitar melts into a melody with Christiane Bopp‘s trombone while threading the rhythmic needle of Christian Pabœuf‘s vibraphone patterns. It is haunting music, and yet terrifyingly beautiful. It was also one of the very best things to come out in 2011, and it still is.

Certaines musiques fonctionnent alors que tout laisse à penser, par l’instrumentation, qu’elles ne devraient pas. Le trio trombone, vibraphone et guitare de Jean Lapouge est à ce sujet un cas d’école. A l’instar de certains rêves qui peuvent être tout à la fois sereins et terrifiants, les émotions contenues dans« Temporäre » ne sont jamais bien définies. Il y a de la tension tout au long de l'enregistrement, même lors de passages où la tranquillité est le sentiment qui prévaut. Il y a beaucoup de contraste, dès le début. "My Song Goes Wrong" n'est qu'un exemple parmi tant d'autres où un morceau aux allures de berceuse se met brusquement à piquer et à s’agiter dans tous les sens, bref à parler de tout sauf d’une paisible nuit de sommeil : la guitare de Lapouge se mêle à la mélodie du trombone de Christiane Bopp, tout en jouant avec le tricotage rythmique du vibraphone de Christian Pabœuf. C'est de la musique envoûtante et terriblement belle. C'était aussi l'une des meilleures choses sortie en 2011, et ça l'est toujours.

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released March 20, 2011

Jean Lapouge guitare, guitare
Christian Pabœuf vibraphone, hautbois
Christiane Bopp trombone

Enregistré en mai 2009/recorded May 2009  
Ingénieur du son/engineer : Alain Martin
Illustration couverture/cover painting : François Lapouge
Conception graphique/design, production : Jean Lapouge

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Jean Lapouge Sarrazac, France

Guitarist Jean Lapouge was born in 1953 and was the leader of prog-rock group Noëtra, late 70s, early 80s. (jeanlapouge-english.blogspot.com/.) He published in recent years a handful of discs on trio, using different instrumentation. (www.jeanlapouge.net) ... more

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