Love StreamMartine Altenburger (cello), Lê Quan Ninh (percussion)
Love Stream (51')
Recorded live at the Mandala in Toulouse on June 5th, 1999. Recording and mastering by Laurent Sassi. To be downloaded freely.
Reviewed on the site Killed in Cars in June 2010
A quick hit, speaking of back catalogs. Here is a great set, free and clear (you can also get it at the internet archive, although the download below has corrected tagging and artwork). Lê Quan Ninh’s work is always a hit on KiC, and here he is working in a duo. You can read more about the release here. My quick take on the record is it holds interest from beginning to end (no small feat at 50+ minutes), and is a higher fidelity look at Ninh’s drumming. I also like this as a comparison piece to the Ninh solo album I posted because it shows him reacting to other players, but in a more one-on-one setting, as compared to his group album we posted. I’ve warmed to drum solo albums, especially those by Chris Corsano. Still, I think the drum’s greatest contribution is its ability to put other sounds, or moments in music, in context, to frame them and segment them in a way to make them understandable. With playing as free as Altenburger’s (this is my first, I think, exposure to her playing), this is of immense help. Enjoy!