CURIOSITY - création novembre 2020
« Le désir de connaître le pourquoi et le comment est appelé curiosité. » Thomas Hobbes
« L'esprit libre et curieux de l'homme est ce qui a le plus de prix au monde » - John Steinbeck
« Je n'ai pas de talent spécial. Je suis seulement passionnément curieux. »- Albert Einstein
Tom Arthurs : trumpet
David Chevallier : guitars
Sébastien Boisseau : double bass
Christophe Lavergne : arums
I was 12 years old in 1981, when a guitarist who visited us at home lent me the 33-rpm box set "Guitar Music from ECM", introducing me to the music of Ralph Towner, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Egberto Gismonti, Terje Rypdal, Bill Connors and Mick Gooderick.
These records changed my life, as it shaped my musical tastes for a long time, and my way of playing the guitar, which at that stage was under construction.
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A few years later, François Jeanneau, director of the ONJ 86, commissioned a work from my father. I accompanied him at its creation and then met the guest soloist : trumpet player Kenny Wheeler, also a star of the ECM label. A new shock, and a new reference, which has remained a great influence ever since.
Much later, I was lucky enough to take part in various projects with the wonderful pianist John Taylor, Kenny's companion on the road, and I had the distinct feeling of evolving on familiar ground, almost as if I was coming back home. Since then, I've had many musical adventures, often mixing jazz with other music, such as baroque, pop, contemporary music, even electro.
With "Curiosity", I want to rediscover the feeling I experienced with John, that return to the roots that each of us can aspire to at some point in our lives.
I chose to make this journey alongside my loyal followers Sébastien Boisseau and Christophe Lavergne, with whom I formed a trio in 2013.
I also wanted to change the sound of the band by adding a wind instrument, and it was the English trumpet player Tom Arthurs whom I chose. Tom carries within him an exact synthesis of what I was looking for, combining an extraordinary lyricism with great freedom in the art of improvisation. And it's no coincidence that he is a kingpin of my artistic project : having studied with Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, he is a worthy heir, with his very personal exploration of the territories of jazz and European improvised music.
"Time is running"
"Don't look back"
Recorded during Nov 2019 rehearsals in SHED - Reims
Special thanks to Jazzus, D’Jazz Nevers Festival, Jazzdor
"A while more" (after Purcell)