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Jazz in Church Festival 2015

Read "Jazz in Church Festival 2015" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Jazz in Church Festival Bucharest, Romania Lutheran Church April 16-19, 2015 The Jazz in Church Festival reaffirmed its call of unconventionality by bringing together artists of most diversified styles and orientations. A subtly assorted lineup consolidated the nascent tradition of open dialog and transgender interplay set forth three years ago. For four days in April the cupola of the Lutheran Church in Bucharest echoed with the unobstructed creativity of the performers and reverberated with ...

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Erik Truffaz Quartet: El Tiempo De La Revolución

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Across a twenty-year recording career, Swiss-born trumpeter Erik Truffaz has explored jazz, rock, electronica, dance and ambient musics. El Tiempo De La Revolución, his tenth album for Blue Note France, mixes jazz, '80s soul and a touch of Nordic cool to create some intriguing soundscapes and moods.El Tiempo De La Revolución is credited to the Erik Truffaz Quartet, which Truffaz formed in 1997. Alongside original members Marcello Giuliani on bass and Marc Erbetta on drums, Truffaz is joined ...

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Erik Truffaz: Rendez-Vous

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At first sight, everything is wrong about this 3CD set, recorded by the fusion and ambient trumpeter Erik Truffaz in Paris, Benares and Mexico--via a heap of international file-sharing--with help from the locals. “Wrong" like that table in the New York nightclub in 1971's The French Connection. Except that the bagmen portrayed in the movie were somehow, indefinably but unmistakably, bad news. There's nothing indefinably troubling about Rendez-Vous, however; it's there clear as a pikestaff and twice as nasty. It ...

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Erik Truffaz: Arkhangelsk

Read "Arkhangelsk" reviewed by John Kelman

While Out of a Dream (Blue Note, 1997), introduced Erik Truffaz's now decade-old group featuring keyboardist Patrick Muller, bassist Marcello Giuliani and drummer Marc Erbetta, it was a decidedly straight-ahead post-bop affair. Since then, with that quartet and his guitar-centric Ladyland group, the Swiss-born trumpeter has moved increasingly further away from the mainstream, exploring the textures and beats of Nu Jazz, the influence of Middle Eastern, African music, and even a hint of fusion and head-banging rock.

Truffaz has used ...

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Erik Truffaz: Another Day Another Life

Read "Erik Truffaz: Another Day Another Life" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Most musicians would be content with one successful band, but Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz is not the typical musician. Not content with leading two internationally acclaimed bands, he also finds time to collaborate with the likes of saxophonistsMichael Brecker and Joe Lovano, tablaist/producer Talvin Singh and trumpeter Jon Hassell. And if he's not playing a live soundtrack to a 1930s silent Japanese movie he can be found exploring the possibilities of electro-acoustic music with octogenarian Frenchman Pierre Henry or with ...

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Erik Truffaz: Face-a-Face

Read "Face-a-Face" reviewed by John Kelman

French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, one of the hardest working artists in jazz, seems to be endlessly on tour with his two groups. The only place his stylistically hybridized music has yet to make significant inroads is the US--which is a shame because Truffaz is a fine player from the electric Miles camp and a largely innovative conceptualist as well. Face-à-Face, his first live release, includes one disc with his piano-based quartet and the other with his guitar-centric Ladyland. It demonstrates ...

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Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Read "Saloua" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

I am pleased and saddened to report that this is one of the best pieces of music I have heard in 2005. It is a pleasure to have discovered the fifth album in the US for Blue Note, and ninth album overall, by this French composer, bandleader, and trumpet player. Yet it is also sad, because although this is his fifth/ninth release, it is the very first one I have heard.

Truffaz works on trumpet, melodica, and electronics ...

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Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Read "Saloua" reviewed by Jim Santella

Erik Truffaz ensures that jazz will continue to grow. On Saloua, he incorporates a world view of the genre, picking up where Miles Davis left off. Tradition remains a part of his music; however, it's been disguised by modern concepts that affect all forms of popular music. Truffaz's horn swirls with the kind of moody melodicism that casts impressions far and wide. Muted trumpet and open horn allow him to express emotions with a lyrical bent. “Whispering" floats gently on ...

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Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Read "Saloua" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Jazz is by nature an act of continual fusion, the conflation of disparate styles, instrumentation and techniques into one dynamic whole. Nevertheless, one small subgenre--specifically the blending of rock and jazz--is most often applied with the “fusion" label; and though Miles Davis' name isn't exactly synonymous with the term, on the strength of his pioneering efforts In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, the two have become inseparable.

French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, it seems, has aimed to better Davis (and ...

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Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Read "Saloua" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

A disciple of Miles Davis' fusion/electric years, trumpeter Erik Truffaz has provided his own sounds of fusion for many years and quite impressively by cultivating many influences into this “not so new wave of jazz that younger artists are now discovering. His new release, Saloua, finds him back with a signature style that uses everything from jazz, rock and world-beat to voice and hip hop.

Reminiscent of his stylized recordings Mantis (Blue Note,2002) and The Dawn; Truffaz uses his muted ...

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Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Read "Saloua" reviewed by Paul Olson

French trumpeter Erik Truffaz's sonic world is a benevolent, positive one, fusing elements of Arabic and African musics, hip-hop, groove, dub, and pop into one electronically seasoned stew. Saloua, his first CD since 2003's The Walk of the Giant Turtle, continues its eclectic synthesis of the above musical ingredients, but with new musicians. Here Truffaz's group is composed of bassist Michel Benita, drummer Philippe “Pipon Garcia, and guitarist Manu Codjia. They're supplemented by Tunisian singer Mouni Troudi and spoken-word artist ...

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Erik Truffaz in Tampere: Fusion for the 21st Century

Read "Erik Truffaz in Tampere:  Fusion for the 21st Century" reviewed by Matthew Wuethrich

Old Customs Hall Tampere, Finland October 31, 2003

The Erik Truffaz 4tet wears two faces. One screams, “Fusion Lives!" and the other whispers in hushed tones. But after 90 minutes it becomes clear which mask they prefer-the full-out, ear-splitting fusion. Most of their eight-song set consists of open-ended jams that show both brilliant flashes and tedious moments, often coming in rapid succession on the same tune.

The 4tet display many exciting ideas, most of ...


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