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Cedric Hanriot

Cédric Hanriot, pianist, composer, arranger, sound designer, and music producer with an atypical background, released Time is Color, a surprisingly powerful hip-hop jazz album, revealing a singular personality as transversal as it is luminous. Winner of prestigious scholarships and international awards, Cédric Hanriot is known worldwide for his collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Terri Lyne Carrington, Robert Glasper, Donny McClaslin, and other big names in the jazz world. With Time is Color, the second album under his own name, Cédric Hanriot engages in a living creation that is resolutely personal and anchored in his time.

Native of Pont-à-Mousson currently residing in Paris, Cédric Hanriot felt his first shivers listening to the jingles of Europe 1. He learned the piano on a Fender Rhodes, on which he would later rediscover the brilliance of this particular sound while working with Herbie Hancock. Music transported him, deeply moved him, and protected him. It also gave him the necessary confidence to offer arrangements to the funk rock group Notorious in its early days, who were quickly charmed by this self-taught pianist who came knocking at their door. Cédric Hanriot then joined the group. There, he met bassist Bertrand Béruard who would accompany him throughout his career.

For three years, Notorious traversed France and Cédric Hanriot performed more than 200 concerts with the group before embarking on a more personal musical adventure. He learned salsa from seasoned Colombian musicians in the Huracan ensemble, he accompanied the guitarist Jean Marie Viguier and the drummer Franck Agulhon, as he continued to enrich his work. At the same time, he studied for a Masters in Electrical Engineering in Nancy where he excelled in mathematics and trained in signal processing, sound design, and electronic sound synthesis.

At 31 years of age, Cédric Hanriot benefited from the prestigious American Fulbright scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. There, he attracted the attention of one of his professors, Terri Lyne Carrington, the drummer of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, winner of three Grammy Awards. She would go on to co-produce French Stories, released in 2011, the first solo album of Cédric Hanriot, with John Patitucci on bass. A few months later, Herbie Hancock proposed that Cédric come to his studio in Los Angeles to assist him for a month in preparation for his solo piano world tour in 2012.
Cédric Hanriot would later serve as pianist and sound designer on Dianne Reeves’s album Beautiful Life, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2015.

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Album Review

Jason Palmer and Cédric Hanriot: City Of Poets

Read "City Of Poets" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The formal structure of this album recorded live at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club on September 23, 2014, centres around Olivier Messiaen's Seven modes of limited transposition, musical modes or scales that fulfil specific criteria relating to their symmetry and the repetition of their interval groups. As with George Russell's Lydian chromatic concept of tonal organization much has been written about this, so this review will confine itself exclusively to the music. The titles of the nine pieces ...

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Whirlwind Recordings Announces 5x Customer-Voted New Vinyl Reissues: Jensen Sisters, Paul Jackson, City Of Poets (Jason Palmer & Cedric Hanriot), John Escreet & Mike Gibbs

Whirlwind Recordings Announces 5x Customer-Voted New Vinyl Reissues: Jensen Sisters, Paul Jackson, City Of Poets (Jason Palmer & Cedric Hanriot), John Escreet & Mike Gibbs

Source: Emma Perry Publicity

Exciting news for vinyl fans: Whirlwind Recordings announced (in January) five brand-new reissues of celebrated back-catalog releases, available on LP for the first time. The new reissues come from a range of artists, featuring releases many customers have requested on LP for some time. The first five all ship in May 2021—look out for more reissues coming later in the year. These limited edition printings are a one-off and limited to 300 copies, making them a unique collector's item, grab ...

"Cédric is one of the most talented musicians I know.His wide range of abilities from playing to arranging and sound design, makes him a triple threat." --Terri Lyne Carrington, Grammy Award-winning drummer & producer



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City Of Poets

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