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Matthieu Donarier: Live Forms

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Matthieu Donarier signe avec son trio habituel, son deuxième album après, Optitopic largement salué par la presse en 2004. Ce nouvel opus en live à Saint-Nazaire et à Angers témoigne à nouveau de la très forte intimité entre ces trois musiciens habitués à jouer ensemble depuis leurs années d'école et de CNSM. C'est avec eux que ...


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Andy Emler: Crouch, Touch, Engage

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With Crouch, Touch, Engage, Andy Elmer is back. He is one of the most influential pianist/composers to have appeared on the French scene in the last 15 years, having explored all the possible links between jazz and rock. He has collaborated with some major jazz artists, including (Michel Portal, François Jeanneau, Trilok Gurtu and the late ...


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Yaron Herman: An Urgent Need to Play

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Pianist Yaron Herman, an Israeli now living in Paris, is one of the most talented artists of the Parisian jazz musical scene. He was a promising basketball player on the Israeli national junior team when he was cut short by a knee injury. He then decided to take up playing the piano at age 16. His ...


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Emile Parisien Quartet: Original Pimpant

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It's almost incongruous to write about Emile Parisien's Original Pimpant, considering the importance of its collective dimension. This is not only about the soprano saxophonist's quartet. Parisien--young prodigy, pupil and proof of the good reputation of France's Marciac jazz school--is not looking for individual recognition here. His is a distinctive approach that's about a collective construction ...


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Marc Ducret: Le sens de la marche

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From the word go, guitarist Marc Ducret's Le sens de la marche enters another world, an unsettled one full of surprise and anguish--one for which there can be no preparation. Vaguely reminiscent of Frank Zappa, King Crimson and Tim Berne, it's a musical hubbub of organized chaos--systematic in theory but brutal and brilliant in practice. The ...


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