Cowboys & Frenchmen: “Our Highway”
“Our Highway,” the new multi-media project from the jazz quintet (trio + two reedmen) Cowboys & Frenchmen is a monument to the boundless power of creativity. Rather than merely record an album of their brilliant modern music, the group has made a film — a purposefully trippy film, befitting the notion of travel and motion — to accompany their sounds. We see the bespectacled lads playing music in the forest; in front of an old church; at an underground club; leaving apartments; riding the subway. Much of the imagery, like C&F’s music, is moody, evocative, portentous, suggesting young artists with lofty aspirations, both aural and visual. We marvel at the result.