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Contre-chronique > Les massifs de fleurs : T'es pas drône (CCAM, 2015)

les massifs de fleurs contre-chronique bruno fleurence

C'est, après la réaction de Nobu Stowe à la chronique de Confusion Bleue par Luc Bouquet, la seconde contre-chronique publiée par le son du grisli. A la lecture de T'es pas drône par Pierre Cécile, Bruno Fleurence (CCAM, lieu & label) a réagi à sa manière, dans une veine pastiche qui ne déplaira sans doute pas à notre collaborateur. Musiciens, éditeurs, producteurs, gens du cirque..., adressez-nous vos contre-chroniques à grisli @ lesondugrisli.com.

Pierre Cécile : t'es pas crônikeur...

Ce n’est pas la première (faudrait presque espérer la dernière) chronique de Pierre Cécile, auteur jusqu’alors inconnu malgré un petit livre sur sa passionnante découverte des Sonic Youth à travers Kurt Cobain (si je ne me trompe). Sa chronique sur Les massifs de fleurs est ma première – on sait qu’il ne faut pas pousser Bruno F (mais qui c’est ?). Or c’est pas l’envie qui m’en manquera.

L’article œuvre dans le registre du magistral J’aime / J’aime pas / De toute façon j’aurais pas aimé quand même…
L’article, c’est aussi un chroniqueur de la campagne qui découvre autre chose que Thiéfaine, Didier Super, Arno ou Dick Annegarn.
L’accent du texte est malhabile, il joue sur des jeux de mots « rigolos », vulgaires pastiches de André Manoukian des champs à Thierry Ardisson du cresson (poil au menton !).

Mais bon. Ces exercices de style, si tant est qu’ils en soient, m’ennuient profondément, et je n’arrive même pas à me raccrocher aux vraies références (c’est impossible de toute façon, y’en a pas). Un arrière goût de Télérama et D8 plus que Revue & Corrigée mais bon… Au troisième paragraphe, je n’en puis plus. Mais je ne raccroche pas (déontologie). Tiens qu’est ce que ça veut dire au fait déontologie ? Mais alors que je m’accroche, Pierre Cécile lance un « C’est là que je prend la décision (ferme) d’arrêter de vieillir. »

On y r’viendra dans 10 ans

Les massifs de fleurs : T’es pas drône (CCAM)
Edition : 2015.
CD : 01/ Le progrès 02/ T’es pas drône 03/ On y reviendra 04/ Garde Ca 05/ Cà m’a plu 06/ My Degeneration 07/ Cà se jette 08/ Massifs 09/ Sarcophage
Bruno Fleurence © Le son du grisli

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Contre-chronique : Confusion bleue


First of all, I would like to thank for this great opportunity to make a personal response to the review of my album Confusion Bleue (Soul Note, 2010) by Luc Bouquet.  I also need to thank for the honest opinion expressed in this review. I welcome differences opinions, because that’s how one learns about his/her weakness. 

Having said that… As one can easily imagine, I disagree with most of the points raised in this review.  But please know… this is NOT an emotional response!  This is partially because (as a contributor for the Japanese magazine JAZZ TOKYO) I have reviewed some albums pretty negatively as well. I strongly believe in the freedom of opinion, and so of course, there is NO emotional grand for me to react to this less-than-positive review by Luc Bouquet.

In any case, I would like to clarify a few things below… But let’s start from one point I share with this reviewer: I totally agree with the opinion regarding Ross Bonadonna who contributed enormously to Confusion bleue and another album of mine Hommage an Klaus Kinski (Soul Note, 2007).   Ross is to me the best kept secret of the fertile avant-garde/ experimental music scene of NYC.  Despite his enormous talent, Ross is a modest person – likely the reason he has somehow managed to avoid getting a spotlight in his long musical career. But he is clearly one of the very talents needs to be heard by creative listeners.

But this appears to be the only thing Bouquet and myself agree for Confusion Bleue. For example, even though the reviewer points out the lack of direction, I am confident that the improvisation presented in this album had clear direction – actually had multiple directions UNLIKE most of so called ‘free improvisation’. The reviewer may have meant that the music lost ‘focus’ or ‘concentration’… But I do not believe this is the case. And actually, the band managed to achieve a great deal of musical concentrations throughout this album.

My main problem of most of FULLY improvised music is the monotonic nature of many performances. Or let’s say SINGLE-direction. And for experienced listeners, there is no need to present examples on this. I am not denying the value of such approach, and there are many (monotonic) free improvisations I admire (especially the ones by Euro masters, including Bailey, Portal, Parker, Favre, AMM, Centazzo, Guy, Schlippenbach and Riley).  But my musical influences and interests are broader, and my goal is to go “beyond free”… I believe this multi-directional approach – successfully accomplished in this album (my opinion) –  is one of the ways to achieve this goal. 

I am also honestly very happy about the rendition of Blue in Green presented in this album. In fact, this was the first time I managed to realize my vision of standard playing – loose but structured spontaneous improvisation with over all respects to the melody and harmony. And guessing from the many positive reviews of Confusion Bleue published at various international media, I am happy to report that my above opinions are clearly shared by others. But of course, every creative listener (including critic) needs to have her/his opinions, just like every creative musician should also have her/his own. But no opinion is free from one’s subjective perception or ‘taste’.  And as Bouquet concluded his review, the above disagreements appear to be largely due to a matter of personal ‘tastes’.

I am suspecting that he clearly did not like my preferences of sweet/romantic melodies. I had a similar experience with the famed avant-producer Leo Feigin (of Leo Records). While Leo gave very encouraging comments on New York Moments (Konnex, 2007) – the least ‘romantic’ album of my releases, he has told me several times that I am making a mistake by melding the syrupy romanticism with avant-garde ethic. But if I disclose that Jean-Jacques Goldman (!!!) was one of my musical heroes during my high school years in Japan (before I moved to the US for college) … A good French listener would understand that I am as Leo correctly described “incurable romantic”.

So please give it a try to my music, ONLY if you are curious of how an incurable romantic handles avant-garde!!  You can listen (streamed) to the entire album of Confusion Bleue here. Thank you very much for the attention!

Nobu Stowe

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