1LP Vinyl – IBLP-02

In the liner notes for this much-needed reissue of Comme Au Moulin, a rather mysterious 1985 album from Paris credited to Nyssa Musique—their only one—it’s revealed that the five members met at a concert for free jazz trio Codona. Which is telling: The exploratory ECM group—helmed by Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Naná Vasconcelos—celebrated music from all over the world in a non-hierarchical manner. That’s also how Nyssa Musique approach their own improvisations, mingling instruments ranging from metallophones to thumb piano, steel pan to what sounds like violin, but is actually double bass. It makes for a satisfying amalgamation of pulsing rhythms and sumptuous melodies, with both elements in balance.