ACTUUM "Brutal music for nice people"

by Collectif Coax

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    « French band Actuum rarely break into anything other than a riot. The band set out their stall early, big sudden muscular jazz, Ronan Courty abusing his double bass from the get go, barely breaking for a groove that lasts more than a few bars while Louis Laurain on trumpet and Benjamin Dousteyssier on saxophone snarl and snap their way above the furious kit of Julien Loutelier, that reels and jabs in space he somehow manages to carve out of the musical madness. The band seem to embody a particular band of French malady in jazz (fellow Parisians Metal-o-phone also have a heavy dose and both bands work within the Coax collective) where the only option is to play the entire set at the absolute limits of your abilities. It’s a set of extraordinary power and attack, with leaps into the unknown that teeters on the edge of total chaos and instability without ever slipping, retaining its musical identity amid the fury and flooring a venue with some very stylish and very challenging musical violence. »

    Laurence Mackin – Irish Times – 19/02/2012

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Louis Laurain, Julien Loutelier, Benjamin Dousteyssier, Ronan Courty


Doté d’un titre assez représentatif : « Brutal music for nice people » (éponyme d’une composition de Louis Laurain), ce premier album a été entièrement enregistré live au cours d’une tournée dans des conditions « roots » avec un son brut, sans fioritures, et proche des vieux enregistrements jazz.

« Ce qui impressionne vraiment, et ce qui fait toute la valeur d’Actuum, c’est l’alliance d’une discipline rigoureuse qui ne sclérose pas les propositions de chacun […] c’est bien cette authentique flamme qui touche le public. »
Ludovic Florin, JAZZ MAGAZINE, 4 février 2012

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released January 5, 2012

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Collectif Coax Paris, France

COAX is a musicians cooperative;its bands are engaged in a modern approach, with aim of sharing, connecting its music between audience and artists.
Diversity of artistic proposals places it at the crossroad of a multiplicity of styles, from free acoustic modern music to violent electric noise and chaotic jazz.
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