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Jean-Christophe Béney

Jean-christophe Béney was born October 2nd, 1969, in Boulogne- Billancourt, near Paris. His parents being classical musicians, he was always in touch with the world of music. Nevertheless, his first great passion was drawing, and especially cartoons, which he started making as soon as he was able to read and write, and which fed his imagination all during his childhood. He discovered jazz music at the age of 9 or 10. His father conducted a big band and Jean-christophe was always in the first row during concerts. At that time he decided to start studying one of the horns, and after first thinking about trombone, he opted for saxophone

The Link

Label: FairJazz
Released: 2010

Polychromy

Label: Effendi Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: 1. Freetown 2. Choices 3. Song Hong 4. Hologram 5. Orbit 6. Parisian Hubbub 7. Easy Easily 7. Chinh's Wish

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jean-Christophe Beney: Polychromy

Read "Polychromy" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Following up his 1998 debut album, Tenor Joke, with a 2002 release, Cassiopee, French tenor saxophonist Jean-Christophe Beney now provides a new effort on the Canadian Effendi label. Beney's formidable bebop styling is notable for its fluency and attention to lyricism. Unlike many other “new" players, his playing doesn't employ jagged or fragmentary lines ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jean-Christophe B: Polychromy

Read "Polychromy" reviewed by Paul Olson

French tenorist Jean-Christophe Béney plays with invention, verve and deep confidence on Polychromy, his first release since 2002's Cassiopée. Béney's got a penchant for long, measure-spanning phrases of considerable complexity--not unlike Chris Potter, and there's some Lovano in his tone and style as well. He's also a songwriter of real quality and it is the strength ...

Cassiop

Label: Effendi Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: Darn That Dream; Black Light; Cassiop

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jean-Christophe Beney: Cassiop

Read "Cassiop" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jazz from outside the U.S.A. can bring in unexpected pleasures. Cassiopée offers unusual color and a marked departure from the usual parameters. This quartet of French musicians turns expectation into high satisfaction with their selection of tunes, all but one of which are originals. They start off with the medium tempo swing of “Darn That Dream." ...


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