Hey Hey My My, Eddie Davis, Miossec, Juliette… A look back at our favorite February albums



This week, we present to you, in chronological order of releases, eight discs appreciated and reviewed by the critics of the music section of the World and marketed in February, a period which revives the season of phonographic releases. An eclectic programme, from the first volume of the complete Mozart symphonies recorded by Maxim Emelyanychev to the fourth album by the Parisian duo Hey Hey My My, passing through the grace and harmony of Robert Forster, a discreet gentleman of pop, without forgetting Miossec’s new album, which has rarely gone so far in minimalism.

“The Beginning and the End”, by Il Pomo d’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev

Maxim Emelyanychev decided to record the complete Mozart symphonies starting from the extremes. The inaugural volume therefore brings together the composer’s first and last contribution to the subject. The coquetry of a conductor or an instructive confrontation? Probably a bit of both. Be that as it may, at age 8 (in 1764, when the Symphony No. 1 was born) as at 34 (in 1788, when the 41e is written in just two weeks!), Mozart shows an innate sense of the theater. Paradoxically, the score of the man who has reached the peak of his art is more playful” than that of the child prodigy. Prone to virtuosity, the Il Pomo d’Oro ensemble delights in youthful effervescence (K.16) and surpasses itself in the power of ” Jupiter (K.551) which, despite certain almost Beethovenian aspects, can pass for the supreme expression of Mozart. Between these two essays of contrasting dramaturgy, Emelyanychev offers an extraordinarily deep and personal reading of the 23rd Piano Concerto on an instrument (a copy of a pianoforte from 1823) with infinite resources (in particular, in the slow movement). If each future volume is accompanied by a “bonus” of such quality, the integral promises to be a milestone. P.Gi

1 CD Aparte/Integral (released February 3).

“Cookin’ With Jaws and the Queen” by Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis with Shirley Scott

Died in 1986 at the age of 64, tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was one of the members of Count Basie’s big band (1904-1984) during the 1950s and 1960s. He also led a prolific personal journey. Among the bands of which he was the leader, the one he led with the organist Shirley Scott (1934-2002) is the subject of a precious reissue of recordings with the saxophonist and flautist Jerome Richardson (1920-2000 ), bassist George Duvivier (1920-1985) and drummer Arthur Edgehill (born in 1926), on June 20, September 12 and December 5, 1958. To culminate in four albums for the Prestige company, the series of three Cookbook, supplemented by Smokin’.

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