This gets more interesting when you begin to hear Theo Croker's trumpet and then Croker and the leader here French saxophonist Emile Parisien play together in a dirge-like lope leaving it to drummer Nasheet Waits to alter the mood moving the atmosphere into more of a slow-ish swinger.
Croker's solo is a lucid statement neatly offset by guitarist Manu Codjia and when Codija himself solos there is a new brightness that lifts the level of engagement with it again, the sound well-amplified and clear as crystal.
The Louise line-up is completed by bassist Joe Martin and pianist Roberto Negro and was recorded at a studio in the French city of Amiens in June and features originals plus a cover of Joe Zawinul's 'Madagascar' – a piece that was included on Weather Report's 1980 Columbia album Night Passage. The album itself is issued by the German ACT label at the end of January. Emile Parisien, front row on the right, and his sextet. Photo: Samuel Kirszenbaum