Soc

Soc Michel Doneda (soprano saxophone), Lê Quan Ninh (percussion), Dominique Regef (hurdy gurdy , israj)

Dryna (7:59), ggk (8:58), La flamme dévorante (4:29), Triangles et carrés (7:19), Sexus-plexus-nexus (5:36), Sep (8:32), Le paradoxe en long (10:42)

Recorded from July 27 and August 1, 1992 in Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy | Graphic design by Toffe

In Situ 163


Reviewed by: Chris Blackford for the magazine The Wire #114 (UK) - August 1993

Pretentious sleeve notes apart this is a thoughtful and rewarding album which makes genuinely fascinating connections between ethnic and improvised musics. Doneda's soprano is an edgy companion to Ninh's sharply executed,never profligate percussion. "ggk" draws inspiration from the captivating soundworld of Japanese gagaku ceremonial music, and the concluding "Le Paradox En Long" is also stately but with near hysterical undertones -- Regef coaxing a multitude of frenetic, gauze-like textures from the hurdy-gurdy. The perfect antidote to all those fluffy world music concoctions. I'm hooked.