JEAN-SEBASTIEN SIMONOVIEZ .piano Jean-Jacques Avenel .Double bass Riccardo del fra .Double bass Barre Phillips .Double bass Steve Swallow .Electric bass Quatuor Opus 33 .String quartet
description A project of Chords and ivory.
Musician was often praised by the press and more particularly by the amateurs of big piano, Jean-Sebastien Simonoviez moves forward serenely on his discography road.
After the beautiful success of "Vents et marées", his previous album released in 2003, the pianist pursues his close collaboration with the label La Buissonne. For this new project, imagined and realized by Gerard de Haro, he is surrounded with three double bassists, with an electric bass player and with a string quartet. Four bass players who enjoy an international fame : Riccardo Del Fra for its attachment in the history of jazz, Steve Swallow to have invented the electric bass in the jazz, Jean-Jacques Avenel for his eternal creative energy and Blocks Phillips for its emancipator's major role of the double bass in the improvised music. Each of these four personalities of the jazz is urged to share songs in duets, with the pianist, which sometimes contain arrangements executed by the string quartet Opus 33. Create in 2004, this quartet consists of young musicians, already artists confirmed and very requested in the field of the classical music and of the contemporary music.
A bright record where the performance, the feeling and the job, inevitably different, all these bass players make us discover in the course of this recording a deep pianist and of an extreme sensibility. The album is constituted by compositions of Jean-Sebastien Simonoviez and of themes chosen in a sophisticated directory. Exceptional arrangements with chords, on a music of Coltrane or small variable-geometry paintings punctuate music in duet. The record finishes by a suite in three parts inspired by the cosmos and on which find themselves all the actors of the project.
Recorded on May 21st and 24th, in June 8th, August 3rd and 4th and mixed on September 6th and 7th, 2007 in studios La Buissonne by Nicolas Baillard and Gerard de Haro.
Mastering : Nicolas Baillard in Studios La Buissonne
Steinway Prepared and tuned by Alain massonneau
Coordination of the project : Manuela Vincendeau
Graphics and photo-cover: Philippe Ghielmetti (illusions)
Produced by Gerard de Haro and RJAL for La Buissonne.