Vincent Courtois, Love of Life

“I discovered Jack London fairly recently – in August 2016. This work so powerful, so rich, has been by my side ever since. In my daily life, a companion on...

Published: 21 Feb 2020. Updated: 14 days.


“I discovered Jack London fairly recently – in August 2016. This work so powerful, so rich, has been by my side ever since. In my daily life, a companion on my travels and an inspiration to my music. That’s where I see Jack London’s real force as being: an intimate sensitive ability to reach into our lives with his own, to become the friend, brother, comrade in whose company each day brings a new story. The necessity of a journey across the Atlantic to play this music on the footsteps of Jack London became obvious. Ultimately, it led the trio to record this album in his hometown, Oakland,” says cellist Vincent Courtois.

The results are wonderful whether ''makin' whoopee'' on 'Am I Blue' or deeply reflective elsewhere Courtois with reedist Robin Fincker and saxophonist Daniel Erdmann are painting vibrant pictures as a synecdoche for adventure, a miniature world that expands ever exponentially. Stephen Graham

Love of Life is out now on La Buissonne.

Jack London, top. Photo: Wikipedia.

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