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Marc Ducret - ICI

Paul Medrano, BestOfJazz.org


ICI is another unexpected positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The acclaimed French jazz and experimental guitarist, composer, and bandleader Marc Ducret was stuck in Brittany during confinement, and he just went full mindfulness with the situation. In this words, “Since it is currently impossible to play ‘there,’ let’s make some music ‘here!’”

The outcome is a surprising album that invokes all four seasons. Yet, the contemplation is filled with tension and stress more than alleluias, and life and nature are scrutinized in detail, rather than celebrated. We’re not sure the COVID-19 pandemic was enjoyable for Ducret, but at least it gave rise to a great album!