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Born in Brussels (B), Michel Herr has built in parallel a rich career as a pianist, a composer and an arranger. As a pianist, Michel Herr has played with renown jazz soloists : Joe Henderson, Chet Baker, Archie Shepp, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Charlie Mariano, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, John Abercrombie, Billy Hart, Philip Catherine, Daniel Humair, Aldo Romano, Palle Danielsson, Norma Winstone, Riccardo Del Fra, Richard Galliano, François Jeanneau, Paolo Fresu, etc…, as well a the cream of the Belgian jazz scene. For almost 2 decades, he played with Toots Thielemans in the whole world. Michel Herr led several bands (trio, quintet, nonet and big band), in which he played his numerous compositions. He is also an internationally renown composer and arranger. In 1988 he receives the Monaco Jazz Composition Prize. His compositions and arrangements earned him an international fame


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Michel Herr: Positive: Music For Sextet And String Quartet

Read "Positive: Music For Sextet And String Quartet" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Although perhaps best known as a jazz pianist who has worked with the likes of Archie Shepp, Bill Frisell, Philip Catherine, Joe Lovano, Zbigniew Seifert and Toots Thielemans, Michel Herr has long enjoyed a parallel career as a conductor / musical director, and as an arranger for cinema, television and radio productions. It is in these ...


Positive / Music for sextet and string quartet

Label: Igloo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The right choices ? (M. Herr); Pages and chapters (M. Herr); Unexpected encounters (M. Herr); The positive side (M. Herr); I think of you (M. Herr/Judy Niemack); Modules (M. Herr); Chemistry and mystery (M. Herr); String positive (M. Herr); Second look (M. Herr)


Positive: Music For Sextet And String Quartet

Label: Igloo Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Right Choices?; Pages and Chapters; Unexpected Encounters; The Positive Side; I Think of You; Modules; Chemistry and Mystery; String Positive; Second Look.


Article: Album Review

Variospheres: Live in Solothurn

Read "Live in Solothurn" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When Tomasz Stańko's first classic quintet came to the natural end of its road in 1973, with all its members looking for new directions in music, violinist Zbigniew Seifert embarked on a solo career that saw him record a number of albums with very different line-ups. In fact, bar a brief period at the end of ...


Fabrice Alleman & Chamber Orchestra Udiverse

Label: Cypres Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Unity in diversity (Fabrice Alleman / arr. Michel Herr) 2. Between you and me (Fabrice Alleman / arr. Michel Herr) 3. Tema de Malea (comp./arr. Lalo Zanelli) 4. Beauty where it is (comp./arr. Michel Herr) 5. Summertime (George Gershwin / DuBose Heyward / arr. Fabrice Alleman & Michel Herr) 6. What's love (Youtube video) (Fabrice Alleman/arr. Michel Herr) 7. Bridges (comp./arr. Michel Herr) 8. Dawn and twilight (comp./arr. Michel Herr) 9. J—J (Fabrice Alleman/arr. Michel Herr)


Thierry Lang feat. David Linx : Colors of time

Label: Musiques Suisses
Released: 2013
Track listing: 1. Welcome to the world 2. My season 3. Guardian angel 4. When we hold hands 5. The time is now (link to the Musiques suisses site, see bottom of page) 6. Let's bloom 7. Reminiscing of the days 8. September child 9. Autumn should be prepared 10. Beyond the horizon of time 11. Everything's been told 12. Gone today 13. Hope


Ivan Paduart & Metropole Orchestra "Crush"

Label: Mons Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD 1 1. Waterfalls (*) (Ivan Paduart / lyrics David Linx / arr. Michel Herr) 2. Another lifetime (Ivan Paduart / lyrics Catriona O'Daly / arr. M. Herr) 3. Life as it is (Ivan Paduart / lyrics David Linx / arr. M. Herr) 4. Melancholy blue (Ivan Paduart / lyrics Toni Casa / arr. Jim McNeely) 5. The bridge between us two (Ivan Paduart / lyrics David Linx / arr. Bert Joris) 6. I had a ball (Ivan Paduart) (quintet only) CD 2 1. Igor (Ivan Paduart / arr. Jim McNeely) 2. Shivers down my back (*) (Ivan Paduart / arr. M. Herr) 3. Sherry on a cake (Ivan Paduart / arr. M. Herr) 4. Crush (Ivan Paduart / arr. Ivan Paduart) 5. White nights(Ivan Paduart / arr. I. Paduart) 6. Precious moments (Ivan Paduart / arr. M. Herr)


Article: Album Review

Toots Thielemans: The Live Takes, Vol. 1

Read "The Live Takes, Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While studio recordings can capture a musician's sound, live performances capture the essence of their being and the soul within the sound. When an iconic artist like harmonica giant Toots Thielemans isn't in the studio or creating a prearranged live recording, he's still traveling the globe and bringing his music into the clubs and concert halls ...


Article: Big Band Report

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

Read "Strike Up  the (Unsung) Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...


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