Jeanne Michard, saxophone / Clément Simon, piano / Natascha Rogers, percussion / Pedro Barrios, percussion / Maurizio Congiu, double bass
It was following three trips to Latin America, Cuba and New York, as well as meetings through various projects that Jeanne Michard realised her desire to set up a formation in her name, imagining a repertoire aligned with her primary influences: jazz and Latin and Afro-Cuban music. She presents compositions blending traditional rhythms with cadences and phrasing attributed to the bebop jazz movement of the 40s. Here, the aim was to create original music following in the footsteps of Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie and his work with percussionist Chano Pozo, Orlando Maraca with his album Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, Julien Lourau with The Rise or Abraham Mansfaroll and his album Dizzy el afrocubano. She is surrounded by pianist Clément Simon, double-bassist Maurizio Congiu and percussionists Natascha Rogers and Pedro Barrios for a debut album, Songes transatlantiques, through which she revisits her travels in music, dialoguing percussion with harmonies reminiscent of traditional jazz. This particular groove, brilliantly led by the duo of percussionists, will therefore set the rhythm for the cadences of the piano and double bass, as well as the melodies of the tenor saxophone – melodies that tell stories … and dreams.
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