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With the tension of his muted trumpet and the release of his open horn, Erik Truffaz walks on the back of a giant turtle representing planet Earth. His hip creations traverse continents as well as history. While jazz and electric fusion have remained faithful soul mates for over 30 years, the popular mix has always represented a thorn in the side of loyal, straight-ahead devotees. Most of the recordings issued by Miles Davis after 1969, after all, still pose questions in the minds of die-hard fans.
Trumpeter Truffaz has created a powerful follow-up to last year’s Mantis, on which he sketched out drawings that connected the dots between cool jazz, world beat affairs, and tradition. This time out, Truffaz’s session sizzles with hot rock defiance, techno-dance energy and creative, in- your-face gestures.
”Seven Skies” heralds the approach of a passionate rock opera. “Flamingos” moves gracefully along dream-filled pathways. “King B” and “Next Door” strut to the heavy backbeat of a crowded dance floor. “Turiddu” and “Belle de Nuit” lay low with the sweet dreams of tomorrow. “Wilfried,” a personal favorite, offers intricate counterpoint behind the delicately woven and fresh open voice of Truffaz’s trumpet. To close the program, “The Walk of the Giant Turtle” stirs creative fires that all too often get left out in today’s business world where dollars carry more weight than artistic achievement. Kudos to Truffaz for his courage in seeing things his own way, with this recommended album as the fortuitous result.
Track Listing: Scody Part 1; Scody Part 2; King B; Flamingos; Turiddu; Next Door; Belle de Nuit; Wilfried; Seven
Skies; The Walk of the Giant Turtle.
Personnel: Erik Truffaz- trumpet; Patrick Muller- keyboards; Marcello Giuliani- electric bass; Marc Erbetta-
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.