207

Erik Truffaz: Saloua

Chris M. Slawecki By

Sign in to view read count
Erik Truffaz: Saloua 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 with his longtime band: Manu Codjia on guitars and electronics; Michel Benita on bass and samples; and Philippe Pipon Garcia on drums, parlophone, and samples. Together they create impressive jazz, electronic, funk, and world music settings, individually and in combination, while the leader's trumpet playing meets the challenges of all these styles.

Truffaz's trumpet sound, like that of almost every player since Miles Davis, seems in Davis' lineage: Not blasts from a raging furnace, but cool sleek lines that burn no less hot. "Whispering opens in a soft percussion hush, then Truffaz sings a trumpet melody simple and sunny and sad in the brittle melancholic sound of Davis' "Time After Time. "Tantrik busts out fierce ensemble funk-rock, Truffaz completely washing and rinsing his trumpet in wah-wah effects, chopping the echoed trumpet lines back against the beat like a rhythm guitar.

"Yabous creates an exciting new sound churned with hard guitar chords and swirled with turntable scratching; Truffaz's exotic trumpet sound echoes Jon Hassel as it swims through Middle Eastern octaves, chanting in Arabic and rapping in English. Truffaz also easily works the round, lush sound of Kenny Dorham or Blue Mitchell through his trumpet in "Dubophone, though the spirit of lunatic desperate adventurism in its other instrumentation is inescapably Davis.

Five of twelve (nearly half) of these tracks feature vocals/lyrics, which is sort of unusual for a "jazz trumpet album by someone not named Chet Baker, and very unusual because most of them are chanted in Arabic by Tunisian singer Mounir Troundi. Lyricist/vocalist Nya coolly raps solo through "Big Wheel and in "Ines alongside Troundi, whose intense vocal proves positively spine-tingling. Thankfully, the booklet prints all lyrics in French, Arabic, and English.

From beginning to end, Saloua shines as a brilliant record.


Track Listing: Saloua; Big Wheel; Whispering; Yabous; Gedech; Dubophone; Ines; Tantrik; Ghost Drummer; Le Soleil d'Eline; Spirale; Et la Vie Continue.

Personnel: Erik Truffaz: trumpet, electronics, melodica; Michel Benita: bass, samples; Philippe "Pipon" Garcia: drums, samples, parlophone; Manu Codjia: guitars, electronics; Mounir Troudi: voice, bendir (#1,4,5,7); Nya: voice (#2,4).

Title: Saloua | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Till They Lay Me Down" CD/LP/Track Review Till They Lay Me Down
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "Chapter Five" CD/LP/Track Review Chapter Five
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 28, 2017
Read "In Layers" CD/LP/Track Review In Layers
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 13, 2017
Read "Extremophile" CD/LP/Track Review Extremophile
by John Eyles
Published: April 11, 2017
Read "Columbia Years 1968-1969" CD/LP/Track Review Columbia Years 1968-1969
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 4, 2016
Read "Invitation" CD/LP/Track Review Invitation
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 8, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.