The French Scene - Part 3

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As we continue our journey in today's French jazz scene, we look at how it has been influenced by the many musical traditions that enrich the French society, in particular those from North Africa and the Middle-East, courtesy of Yacine Boulares, Ibrahim Maalouf, Naïssam Jalal, Smadj and Sophie Alour with Mohamed Abozekry and Wassim Halal ). To further widen the range of this episode, the urban influence of hip hop on jazz (Kit De Survie and Thiefs); the faux soundtracks of Fred Pallem; the groove of The Volunteered Slaves and Julien Lourau, the pianistic elegance of Baptiste Trotignon and Benjamin Moussay, the angular melodicism of Marc Ducret and the atmospheric lure of Michel Benita make it for a rather eclectic listening experience.

Happy listening!


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Fred Pallem "Plurabella's Walk; Mustang Pursuit" Sound Trax (ZZ Productions) 0:16
  • Host talks 5:58
  • The Volunteered Slaves "Breakfast in Babylon" Breakfast in Babylon (Cristal) 8:39
  • Julien Lourau Groove Gang "Du Bist Too Much" City Boom Boom (Warner) 13:09
  • Kit De Survie "À titre posthume Kit, pt. 5" En milieu hostile (Triton) 17:47
  • Host talks 24:34
  • Thiefs "The Leaf Node" Graft (La Greffe) (Jazz&People) 26:41
  • Ibrahim Maalouf "Nomade Slang" Illusions (Mi'ster) 30:57
  • Smadj "Encore" Equilibriste (M.E.L.T.) 37:00
  • Host talks 43:30
  • Naïssam Jalal "Songe" Quest of the Invisible (Les couleurs du son) 45:36
  • Yacine Boularès "Nuba-Resilience" Abu Sadiya (Accords Croisés) 53:35
  • Sophie Alour "Exil" Joy (Music from Source) 1:01:37
  • Host talks 1:06:04
  • Marc Ducret "Rosalyne" Gris (Label Bleu) 1:08:09
  • Michel Benita & Ethics "Yeavering" River Silver (ECM) 1:10:46
  • Baptiste Trotignon "Milonga" You've Changed (Okeh) 1:14:14
  • Host talks 1:16:03
  • Benjamin Moussay "Theme from Nana" Promontoire (ECM) 1:16:43
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