Erik Truffaz: Mantis (2002)
This session differs from the trumpeter's previous U.S. releases, in that he's substituted guitar for piano. Truffaz and Manu Codjia work well together. "Yasmina" is a lovely duet with pleasant harmony. "Parlophone" runs eerie and kind of funny, while several others play somber and majestic. There's even a bonus track at the end. After a little more than a minute of silence, the band pumps up electric trumpet and electric guitar in a Jimi Hendrix-styled affair. Eric Truffaz has found his own voice. As long as he maintains the relatively high emphasis he places on musicianship, along with his healthy, creative spirit, the trumpeter is sure to win friends all over the world.
Track Listing: The Point; La Memoire du Silence; Saisir; No Fear; Nina Valeria; Parlophone; Magrouni; Mantis; Yasmina; Mare Mosso; Tahun Bahu.
Personnel: Erik Truffaz- trumpet; Manu Codjia- guitar; Michel Benita- acoustic bass; Phillippe Garcia- drums; Anour Brahem- oud on "Nina Valeria;" Mounir Troudi- vocal on "Magrouni."
Record Label: Blue Note Records