CD - CLAIRE PARSONS
Double Moon Records © 2020 Luxembourg
text: Robin Boer
After discovering the Luxembourgish/British composer/musician Claire Parsons at the Luxembourg Jazz Meeting (*) in 2018, and watching her performances during the Amersfoort Jazz Festival in 2019, we were more than impressed enough to look out for her first 'proper' album. Her well-received EP <<OnOff>>, which she recorded with guitar player Eran Har Even gave a good taste of what to come, and it seems that 'In Geometry' is delivering.
Parsons recorded this work with guitarist Eran Har Even (ISR/NLD), drummer/pianist Jérôme Klein (FRA/LUX), bass player Pol Belardi (LUX) and drummer Niels Engel (LUX).
The album starts off with the ghostly introduction 'Vertex' which brings ambient sounds and beautiful usage of a vocal harmonizer. In 'Line. Dot. Curve' we hear the wonderful solo voice of Claire, which is recorded very clear, and nice upfront in the mix, how we like it. She is very creative with her voice arrangements. The choruses have a mysterious feel and are harmonically very well composed and we hear polyrhythmics in both 5/4 and 7/8, serving the song very well. The band as a whole delivers too, playing skillfull, tasteful and dynamic.
'Pyramid' is a haunting 3/4 interlude with choral vocals, piano, acoustic guitar and soundscapes, followed by a real treasure called 'No Shape' where we hear Claire singing flawlessly over a modulating range of beautiful piano chords. The instruments certainly do match well. The bridge of the song switches to a 9/8 where the vocals are more in the background, though very powerful, with a big wall of sound, produced by the band. 'Enneagon' is an instrumental track, led by the piano and guitar. Again, beautiful melodies and an ongoing dynamic variety. Eran Har Even's solo provides every note the piece needs and is free from any possible cliché.