This is the english version of the Newsletter.
the original texts have been translated by Sonia B.

To read the French version, click on the following link.

The song of the month

Duke ELLINGTON / Accordion Joe

New Albums

Yannick ROBERT / Millenium Trio

One year after the splendid Soul Cages Trio – Tribute to Sting (see the newsletter of July 2017) and a few months after the excellent Baïkal, Yannick Robert’s new album is out. Very different from his previous albums – other musicians, another sound, another atmosphere.
He has surrounded himself with two big names, Belgian bass player Benoit Vanderstraeten and drummer Franck Agulhon.
For this reunion album – they had already recorded Vaci Utca (2005) together –, the Millenium Trio leads us toward aerial shores, where chiseled melodies wonderfully merge with luminous improvisations.
The album offers nine original compositions and two amazing covers: « Can’t Help Falling In Love », popularized by Elvis Presley and “Je me suis fait tout petit” written by Georges Brassens. The trio creates beautiful atmospheres: cosmic with “Remember”, funky with “Asakusa” or Stevie Wonder-like with “Je me suis fait tout petit”.
Besides the artistic mastery of the three musicians, let’s not forget the exceptional quality of sound recording and mixing that contribute to highlight the instruments. Definitely not to be missed!


The Millenium Trio will be on stage at the Sunset in Paris, on June 28.

Anat COHEN & Fred HERSCH / Live In Healdsburg


Unexpected but highly joyful meeting between Israeli clarinet player Anat Cohen and American pianist Fred Hersch.
I have a particular affection for this exceptional and prolific pianist whose records are always of the highest quality. As for Anat Cohen, I discovered her a few years ago with 3 Cohens – Tightrope, an album recorded with her brothers Yuval (saxophones) and Avishai (trumpet). It seems like the two artists have met randomly, on the stage of Healdsburg Jazz Festival (Sonoma county, CA) in 2016. This unrehearsed concert wasn’t detrimental to their performance: the spontaneity reveals two musicians always attentive to each other, matching immediately.

The warm and muted sonority of Anat’s clarinet is in wonderful harmony with Fred’s refined piano playing.

"Playing with Fred is like swimming in an ocean of infinite possibilities.
His fascinating range of nuances, colors and feelings is inspiring me to explore new paths together with my clarinet
.” Anat Cohen


"An outstanding clarinet player, I’ve rarely played with a musician who can listen so well. She has a terrific ear and such dexterity with her instrument that she can really and immediately tell a story. It’s a genuine pleasure to play with her." Fred Hersch    

Ben GEYER / The Acadian Orogeny

Ben Geyer is a young American pianist from Nashua, New Hampshire. He has released his first album (The Narrative, 2009) with a New York sextet.

He has now settled in Atlanta region and teaches at University of West Georgia. Among his favorite pianists are Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. I personally find in his music a few accents of another and less famous pianist, Mike LeDonne.

He is now back with a second album, rather mysteriously entitled The Acadian Orogeny. Here are Ben Geyer’s words about it: "I finished composing this album’s title piece the day before I migrated from my New Hampshire hometown to a new life in Kentucky, but it found its name more recently, thanks to a geologist friend. The Acadian orogeny, he pointed out, is a mountain moving event stretching along the path of that move. His suggestion brought me back to my little blue two-door hatchback, bulging with all my possessions, as it rolled through the 375-million-year-old echo of shifting rock.
 Funny—the title clarified something for me that I hadn’t heard in the piece… or maybe the piece morphed in my mind to embody its title. But the topography of the piece—the peaks and valleys, slopes and cliffs—became suddenly salient. These were, I realized, metaphors for my nomadic journey, never living in the same place for more than a few years, always chasing the next thing. I’ve since found a more permanent home (in Georgia), but this album is an artifact of my winding past

The album consists of five original tracks and one cover – John Coltrane’s Giant Steps. By his side, two excellent musicians: Peter Dominguez (bass) and Zaire Darden (drums).

A beautiful discovery and an artist to follow !

Jazz Plurality - Philippe VINCENT's Column

As we know, Jazz is today a multiform art. Its stylistic corpus has been considerably increased by a lot of various historical influences. This spring, a few new releases show evidence of this open musical range. Some musicians, whatever their age, keep a link – more or less close – with tradition, whereas other clearly distance themselves from it.

With such a first name, Dexter Goldberg was undoubtedly predestined to become a Jazzman. As the son of saxophonist Michel Goldberg, this young pianist – who chose the keyboards late in life after studying drums – can’t deny his elders’ legacy, particularly Herbie Hancock’s one and his attention to rhythm. Dexter Goldberg’s sense of attack, his bright and domineering phrasing lead him toward a range of grooves that the listener won’t be able to resist. His trio, formed three years ago, has just released an entirely successful album (Tell Me Something New – Jazz&People/Distri. PIAS).

Speaking of legacy, Lucky Dog’s quartet isn’t lacking any, thanks to its musicians’ experience and diversity. Formed five years ago by the saxophonist Frédéric Borey and the trumpet player Yoann Loustalot, with the rhythmic complicity of Yoni Zelnik (bass) and Frédéric Pasqua (drums), this ensemble sometimes reminds us of the famous 70’s orchestra “Old and new Dreams” (Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell) with its constant interplay between musicians who seem to invent pieces at once. This Live at the Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club (Fresh Sound/Socadisc) brings out the lively hallmark of a music full of spontaneity. A record to put at the top of your list, and an orchestra to hear live at Respire Jazz Festival (Charente) on July 1st.

Far from what the word « jazz » can immediately evoke, two recent recordings have made us raise our ears. Arrived from Northern Europe – where musical labelling isn’t the norm –, violinist Ola Kvernberg’s new album Steamdome (Grappa/Distri. Outhere) is an astounding rhythm machine (with three percussionists) teeming with energy. The arrival of an organ in this sound deluge allows us to think that Kvernberg must be aware of the Larry Young/John McLaughlin/Tony Williams trio and of some progressive rock bands of the seventies. A pure energy shot that will wake any good sound system up.


In contrast, Elina Duni is taming silence on Partir (ECM/Universal), alone with her guitar or her piano. Although we weren’t completely convinced by her two quartet albums under the same label, the Tirana’s singer shows here how much the solitary exercise wonderfully suits her. With an eclectic repertoire of traditional songs, her crystal-clear voice – singing in nine languages – is highlighted by sober arrangements and a splendid sound take at Studio La Buissonne. Calm after the storm…

Director of OMD (1983-1996), a society specialized in the distribution of jazz labels (Enja, Timeless, Muse, Sunnyside, GRP, etc.), founder of the label IDA Records (1984-1998) which recorded Barney Wilen, Louis Sclavis, Laurent de Wilde, Enrico Pieranunzi and many others, Philippe Vincent is a member of the Académie du Jazz and a regular contributor to Jazz Magazine/Jazzman since 2008. 

An artist to discover or rediscover

Vince GUARALDI (1928 - 1976)

As a symbol of San Francisco Jazz scene in the 50’ and 60’, pianist Vince Guaraldi has nonetheless – like so many others – fallen into oblivion. However, his music is well known by American people. Indeed, in 1965 he started composing many pieces for the Peanuts cartoons, adapted from Charles M. Schulz’ comics. Linus and Lucy is his most famous piece.

But Vince Guaraldi is, above all, the composer of Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus (1962), an album that includes covers of Orfeu Negro (Marcel Camus’ movie of 1959) themes, as well as two famous compositions: “Almaville” and “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”, a song that won a Grammy Award in 1963 (Best Original Jazz Composition).

Vince Guaraldi remains one of the first Jazzmen to have opened himself to Brazilian music and to have initiated the dialogue between Jazz and Bossa Nova.

He died prematurely on February 6th of 1976, at the age of 47 only.


A song, a story

Jerome KERN & Dorothy FIELDS / Pick Yourself Up

Pick Yourself Up has been composed in 1936 by Jerome Kern (Music) & Dorothy Fields (Lyrics), for George Stevens’ musical Swing Time. The duo has also composed “The Way You Look Tonight”, another standard of this movie featuring Fred Astaire. The actor embodies a pseudo novice dancer who, in his words, has “two left feet” and wishes to take lessons with a professor interpreted by Ginger Rogers.

The song « Pick Youself Up » appears in two memorable scenes – one of singing, the other of dancing.

Among the beautiful interpretations of this piece, let’s mention Anita O’Day’s version on the eponymous album (1956), Frank Sinatra’s in Sinatra And Swingin’ Brass (1962) or Gregory Porter’s in Nat King Cole & Me (2017).

But the most extraordinary, inventive, crazy and swinging version is Mel Torme (Vocals) and George Shearing (Piano)’s version, live at Newport Jazz Festival, on July 18th of 1989.


It ins't Jazz, but ...

Joan BAEZ / Whistle Down The Wind

Joan Baez hadn’t released anything since Day After Tomorrow in 2008. She comes back with a new album produced by Josh Ritter and Joe Henry. Ten covers, from Tom Waits and Mary Chapin Carpenter to less famous artists such as Zoe Mulford or Tim Eriksen. The song entitled “The President Sang Amazing Grace” is the highlight of the album. It was composed by Zoe Mulford in memory of Black parishioners murdered in 2015 in Charleston by a White supremacist, and in tribute to Barack Obama who sang “Amazing Grace” at the end of his speech during the funeral.
Besides, Joan Baez has announced that she will stop touring after 2018. In an interview for Rolling Stone, she has declared: "It's too hard to sing. It's so difficult to sing. Nobody can really imagine the effort it takes to keep up with these vocal cords. They don't do what I want them to do anymore. When I stay in the low range, they do, pretty much. And I like the sound. But I can't do shit in the upper range anymore". 
If you’ve never got a chance to see her live, it is the moment to enjoy her last tour. She will be in Paris, at the Olympia, from June 4th till June 17th, in Marciac on August 12th, then back at the Olympia in February 2019.


Speaking of Marciac, let’s note that the 41st Festival will take place from July 28th till August 15th of 2018. Among all the artists in the lineup, let’s mention Wynton Marsalis, Gregory Porter, Chick Corea, Eric Bibb, Emile Parisien & Vincent Peirani and Stacey Kent.
As for Jazz à Vienne, the other « dinosaur » (from June 28th till July 13th), the lineup announces pretty much the same artists plus Rhoda Scott, Avishai Cohen, Roy Hargrove, Gilberto Gil, Magma and Sting.

The full lineup is available online, on the festival websites.                        


Respire Jazz Festival - Aignes et Puypéroux

Unlike the aforementioned mastodons, the “Respire Jazz Festival” follows its beautiful adventure in the bucolic surroundings of Puypéroux Abbey, Charente.

For this 10th edition (June 28th – July 1st), the lineup is particularly tantalizing with, for instance, guitarist Pierre Perchaud and his trio (Simon Tailleu – Bass, Antoine Paganotti – Drums) and a guest: Swedish singer Isabel Sörling, for a tribute to Joni Mitchell.

On the 30th: Latvian singer and pianist Olinka Mitroshina (with Georges Guy – Guitar, and Alexei Derevedsky – Bass) whose album Gerswin’s Blues has been chronicled by Philippe Vincent in the February Newsletter. The same day you’ll get to hear the trio of Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi (with Diego Imbert – Bass and André Ceccarelli – Drums) and, last but not least, Corean singer Youn Sun Nah in duo with guitarist Ulf Wakenius.


Finally, on July 1st: the trio of trumpet player Airelle Besson that one’s got to hear for example in Rhoda Scott’s Lady Quartet.

The full lineup is available on the Festival website.

A painter to discover or rediscover

Marco Battaglini

Marco Battaglini is one truly amazing artist. This Italian painter born in Verona in 1969 is now settled in San José, Costa Rica. His concept: to mix Renaissance paintings with the worlds of Street Art and Pop Art (Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein…). Marco Battaglini abolishes time and cultural frontiers, he disrupts the codes, creating a real esthetic shock.

"Stravolgimi Il Domani"

A picture, a story

Chine - Jhujiajiao - March 20, 2017

The water town of Zhujiajiao is only a few dozen kilometers from Shanghai. Nicknamed the “Little Venice of Shanghai”, it is composed of multiple canals bordered by typical houses of Yangzi delta region. In the narrow streets, you’ll find boutiques of souvenirs but also culinary specialties like pecking pig’s trotters or grilled bacon rice wrapped in banana tree leaves.

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Une photo, une histoire - Souvenirs du monde

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Photos et histoires de New York - Souvenirs de "Big Apple"

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Souvenirs de Florence - La ville où l'Art est Roi

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