Erik Truffaz: The Walk Of The Giant Turtle (2003)
Trumpeter Truffaz has created a powerful follow-up to last year’s Mantis, on which he sketched out drawings that connected the dots between cool jazz, world beat affairs, and tradition. This time out, Truffaz’s session sizzles with hot rock defiance, techno-dance energy and creative, in- your-face gestures.
”Seven Skies” heralds the approach of a passionate rock opera. “Flamingos” moves gracefully along dream-filled pathways. “King B” and “Next Door” strut to the heavy backbeat of a crowded dance floor. “Turiddu” and “Belle de Nuit” lay low with the sweet dreams of tomorrow. “Wilfried,” a personal favorite, offers intricate counterpoint behind the delicately woven and fresh open voice of Truffaz’s trumpet. To close the program, “The Walk of the Giant Turtle” stirs creative fires that all too often get left out in today’s business world where dollars carry more weight than artistic achievement. Kudos to Truffaz for his courage in seeing things his own way, with this recommended album as the fortuitous result.
Track Listing: Scody Part 1; Scody Part 2; King B; Flamingos; Turiddu; Next Door; Belle de Nuit; Wilfried; Seven Skies; The Walk of the Giant Turtle.
Personnel: Erik Truffaz- trumpet; Patrick Muller- keyboards; Marcello Giuliani- electric bass; Marc Erbetta- drums.
Record Label: Blue Note Records