On Saturday night, the jazz quartet of André Manoukian was playing in the nearby theater and my daughter and I took advantage of this opportunity to go and listen to the pieces of its only album, Inkala. (My daughter was alas more attracted to the evening by the fact that Manoukian is one of the judges in the French television reality show Nouvelle Star, the local version of Pop Idol!) As you can judge from this Inkala extract, or this Square Circles extract, the type of jazz played by this quartet is nice and pleasant, but not highly innovative, reminding me of average Keith Jarrett’s… (The use of the Armenian doudouk flute has a mixed impact, very gripping when played in the traditional mode, rather ugly when processed through a synthetiser.)

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