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Christian Vander Trio — Jour après Jour
(Seventh Records A IV, 1989, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1995-11-01

Jour après Jour Cover art

Jour après Jour (Day after Day) would be Vander's first all-out pure jazz assault. The trio formation of Vander on drums, Emmanuel Borghi on piano, and Philippe Dardelle on acoustic bass have all worked with each other on other Vander efforts, but here they burn through 4 jazz numbers as if they've been playing jazz together in clubs for 20 years or more. Vander's title track opens the album in a moving and hurried manner, only to be followed by the 27-minute centerpiece "Dear Mac" by Michel Graillier. Here the trio stretches out to the extreme, but the overall mood and performance is completely consistent with the previous track and the other two to follow. There is no real fusion element here, it is pure jazz with an acoustic spirit prevalent in the 60s. Sherman's "Chim Chim Cheree" and Coltrane's "Like Sonny" (of course Vander always takes time out to honor his one true idol) complete the set, at which point you'll feel like it's time to drive home... the pseudo-live atmosphere is very engulfing. This is really not much different than the newer release 65! and fans of pure jazz will find this set beyond satisfactory. If nothing else, it is a testament to the breadth of Vander's talents and drive.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 8, 1989 releases

Related artist(s): Christian Vander / Offering, Emmanuel Borghi

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