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Theo Ceccaldi: Petite Moutarde

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Violinist Theo Ceccaldi is an in-demand European session artist and a prolific bandleader. He's a skillful improviser, performing for a variety of experimental labels. Yet Petite Moutarde ("Small Mustard") is his debut for the Paris, France based startup, OnJazz Records. Guitarist, composer Olivier Benoit serves as the label's artistic director, and released two superb large ensemble albums in 2015: Europa Paris and Europa Berlin. Otherwise, the black & white CD cover for Petite Moutarde may be viewed as either humorous ...


Théo Ceccaldi Trio + Joëlle Léandre: Can You Smile?

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Few years ago French double bass great player Joëlle Léandre recommended Ayler Records to sign the chamber string trio Théo Ceccaldi 3--Theo on violin, brother Valentin Ceccaldi on cello and Guillaume Aknine on the electric guitar. Last year, Ayler released the trio's impressive debut Carrousel. Now the trio pays its respects to Léandre, hosting her on its sophomore album Can You Smile?. The title and the humorous cover suggests the spirit that Léandre introduces to the ...


Théo Ceccaldi Trio + 1: Can You Smile?

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Prominent French violinist Théo Ceccaldi invited gifted bassist and supreme improviser Joëlle Léandre to augment the core trio for an album that contains semi-structured works, spanning a gamut of loosely orchestrated styles and genres. They touch on nouveau chamber, free-jazz, and avant-garde rock, but their omnipresent improvisational exchanges loom as the reigning factor. Léandre often acts as an instigator, where the performers fuse a multitude of hues, contrasts and coarse strings manipulations with minimalistic sojourns, understated delicacies and ...


Theo Ceccaldi Trio: Carrousel

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This unique French string trio was recommended to Ayler Records by double bass master Joëlle Léandre. Léandre was right, of course. Carrousel, the debut from this trio, is an original set of sophisticated compositions delivered by mature musicians who found a sound of their own--a chamber-like quality but an adventurous one, intense but lyrical, light but profound. The trio's instrumentation is rare: violin played by leader Théo Ceccaldi (who composed most of the compositions here); cello, by ...

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