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Take Five With The Le Boeuf Brothers

Pascal Le Boeuf By

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The first Jazz album I bought was:
Pascal: Danilo Pérez, Motherland; Remy: Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Linking jazz to the present day generation by incorporating not just musical, but technological innovations.

Did you know...
We once sang for The Pope as children.

CDs you are listening to now:
Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note);
Gerald Clayton, Bond: The Paris Sessions (EmArcy);
Telefon Tel Aviv, Map Of What Is Effortless (Hefty! Records);
The XX, Young Turks;

Radiohead, King of Limbs (Self Produced).

Desert Island picks:
Björk, Homogenic;
Radiohead, Hail to the Thief;
Joshua Redman, Elastic;
Sigur Rós, ( ) ;
Boards of Canada, Geogaddi.

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Modern jazz will always maintain a link between its traditional heritage and current musical trends. Due to the growing presence of music education, modern jazz seems to have taken on an atmosphere which tends towards intellectual influences. When drawing upon rock, many jazz musicians (eg. Brad Mehldau, Aaron Parks, Chris Potter) tend to listen to bands like Radiohead, because the music is stimulating enough that it holds to the values of jazz intellectuals.

We feel this same way about electronic music, rock and music production. We want to hear music with emotional substance that is also nerdy enough to think about. A few examples are Squarepusher, Fiona Apple and Björk. In jazz, some of our favorite albums that incorporate good emotional content, intelligence and creative production are: Kneebody's self titled album, Brad Mehldau's Largo, Kurt Rosenwinkel's Heartcore and Joshua Redman's Elastic.

What is in the near future?
We are going to release a B-sides of from our In Praise of Shadows album, with more compositions and remixes by various artists. Keep your ears open in the Fall of 2012.

By Day:
Full time musicians and proud of it.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Scientists or Engineers.

Photo Credit
Courtesy of Le Boeuf Brothers



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