by Raul d'Gama Rose
At first blush, one thought and just one thought rattles around in the mind: Can Bill Evans never rest in peace?" But then the music of Samsara," the second track on the lovely Share wafts into the inner ear.
With flugelhornist Tom Harrell and Mark Turner wailing on tenor saxophone, Share's main protagonist, Baptiste Trotignon, plays rapid trills beforesettling down and applying a remarkable dynamic to his piano solo. Withdrawing the emotion of the song into a virtual ...read more
by J. Robert Bragonier
What is it about France and the French? In the U.S., where jazz is part of our cultural heritage, attendance at live jazz events and jazz album sales are anemic by comparison. The future of jazz here would be considerably healthier if we were half as interested in jazz as are the French! Solo is the first solo album to be released by Baptiste Trotignon, the latest in a series of French jazz pianists of enviable talent and ...read more