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Guillaume de Chassy

February 2007, Paris: Pianist Guillaume de Chassy has just recorded his first solo piano album and he is performing an entirely solo set at the Archipel theater to celebrate its release. If he's nervous, it doesn't show; he jokes easily with the appreciative crowd, leading them through the by-ways of the musical journey that led him to this stage. The easy-going affability is deceptive; when he begins to play, de Chassy is all concentration. I met with de Chassy a couple of weeks before the Archipel date at his home in a quiet suburb south of Paris. The French pianist and composer, in addition to talking about the new record, waxed eloquently and enthusiastically on subjects ranging from the genius of the composers of the Great American"and the Great French"Songbooks, to the enduring influence of Ravel in jazz, to the struggle between the harmony and dissonance in the arts generally, a kind of dialectical battle Thelonious Monk resolved in his "Ugly Beauty."

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Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

Read "Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Orange and blue are two complimentary colors that go especially well together. They are also the colors that have inspired the music featured in this episode of Mondo Jazz, to celebrate Radio Free Brooklyn's move into its gorgeous orange and blue studio. This episode of Mondo Jazz also features an exclusive interview with the ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival Various Venues jny:Galway, Ireland October 7-9, 2016 The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

Silences

Label: Bee Jazz
Released: 2012
Track listing: Du côté de chez Poulenc (Part I); Du côté de chez Chostakovich (Part I); Birth of a Trio; Du côté de chez Poulenc (Part II); Majeur; Du côté de chez Prokofiev; Silences (Part I); Silences (Part II); Du côté de chez Schubert; Adieu Chérie; Du côté de chez Chostakovich (Part II); Silences (Part III).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Guillaume de Chassy: Silences

Read "Silences" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il pianista Guillaume de Chassy dichiara di ispirarsi ai trii di Jiimmy Giuffre degli anni cinquanta e certamente molti sono i punti di contatto, a cominciare dalla strumentazione che esclude la batteria. L'approccio in questo caso è decisamente più classicheggiante e lo spirito del blues che innervava i dischi di Giuffre è meno presente. Il clima ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Guillaume de Chassy: Silences

Read "Silences" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Pianist Guillaume de Chassy insists that Silences is inspired by the example of clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre's late-1950s trio recordings. To be sure, like those records, this album is marked by intimacy and introspection, a strong clarinet sound and no drummer. But Silences, recorded at a French abbey, doesn't sound much like Giuffre's records--nor indeed, like much ...

Bettye Lavette: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook

Read "Bettye Lavette: Interpretations - The British Rock Songbook" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bettye Lavette Interpretations: The British Rock SongbookAnti- Records2010 Perennial also-ran Bettye Lavette, among the many very good 1960s Detroit soul singers not signed to Motown--others include Barbara Lewis, Deon Jackson and Edwin Starr--offers a concept album of sorts. An interesting concept, too: R&B covers of classic British rock ...

Songs From The Last Century

Label: Bee Jazz
Released: 2009
Track listing: Something So Right; I'll Walk Alone (vocal version); I'll Walk Alone (instr. version); Then I'll Be Tired Of You; Like A Hurricane; Alone Together; Junk; You Fascinate Me So; I Loves You Porgy; Taking A Chance On Love; Answer Me My Love; LEtang; I Wish You Love; Condition Of The Heart.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Guillaume de Chassy / Daniel Yvinec: Songs From The Last Century

Read "Songs From The Last Century" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Pianist Guillaume de Chassy and bassist Daniel Yvinec tend to be rigorously conceptual in their approach to making records. Previous albums revolved around the jazz treatment of classic French chansons on Chansons sous les bombes (Bee Jazz, 2004), a documentary-like set of jazz chestnuts with vocals contributed by New Yorkers encountered on the street on Wonderful ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2008

Read "Jeff Dayton-Johnson's Best of 2008" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

When the world economy entered into a tailspin this year, Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner dubbed the event the “Jazz Effect“ given that it emanated from the United States (she was drawing a parallel, for example, to the 1994 “Tequila Effect" that followed a botched currency devaluation in Mexico). I was so happy that a ...


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