From New Orleans to Paris and festivals around the globe, this trio plays with some of the best in swinging jazz today. David Blenkhorn (John Faddis, Scott Hamilton, Lee Konitz), Sébastien Girardot (Lillian Boutté, Evan Christopher, Cecile McLorin Salvant) and Guillaume Nouaux (Donald Harrison Jr, Chuck Berry, Leroy Jones) have a fresh take on these standards of new orleans jazz combining elements of creole, blues and funk. It is for good reason that this trio is Evan Christopher’s preferred rhythm section as it developed its personal sound informed by his knowledge of the culture and music of New Orleans (he also writes the liner notes). This group has already proven itself talented accompanists to some of the top jazzmen and is ready to take centre stage in their own right.
Augustin BONDOUX & Patrick FREMEAUX
We’re proud to announce the arrival of our new recording, “Django à la Créole: ‘Live’!” We professionally recorded the last four concerts of our 2012 season, and arranged the best tracks into a concert-length experience. Our friends at Frèmeaux and Associates were enthusiastic to help, and though it took some time to finish the production, we think it was worth the wait.
Thank you all for your continued support. The reception of the first two CDs was encouraging, as well as the demand for us to release some live material. We look forward to thanking you in person sometime this year at one of our 2014 shows celebrating the new CD. Effective March 1, it is available here on our new website as well as the usual places including (blank, blank & blank with hypertext links). We have even posted a couple of tracks on Soundcloud that you can enjoy and share.
Vive Django! Vive New Orleans! See you soon,
Evan Christopher & DalaC
Wow – what a great weekend in Bristol. A big congratulations to Denny Illet for programming a wonderful three days. Apparently, they are all set to go again next year. Well Done Bristol! I went over with July Saury and Harry Kanters. Here are some photos of our trio set with Harry, our trio set with Denny and a few from the Jam. You might just be able to make out Pee Wee Ellis and Lillian Boutte in a few of them who were regular late-nighters…
And here’s a bonus video of lillian whipping up a storm. Sorry about the quality – I’m not sure who’s phone took this!
Lillian Boutte and the Bristol Jam Session Band|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIW15IHBLVQ
Evan Christopher – clarinet
David Blenkhorn – guitar
Julien Brunetaud – piano
Sebastien Girardot – bass
Guillaume Nouaux – drums
When Evan Christopher came to Paris with his clarinet and formed a band to perform New Orleans music, it was natural to think of Sidney Bechet. “In Sidney’s Footsteps” was recorded at Mesa studios in early 2006, during Christopher’s artist-in-residence at the invitation of the city of Paris just months after the city of New Orleans was decimated by catastrophic flooding. He used the opportunity to form his “Jazz Traditions Project,” a band of the best France-based musicians deeply commited to New Orleans music, to perform in Paris clubs and European festivals.
The “Jazz Traditions Project” also recorded a live CD, “Introduction: Live at the Meridien” at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club, and was active until 2008, when Christopher returned to New Orleans and focused his energies on touring internationally with his popular Django à la Créole. STR Digital agreed to release the studio material as the third volume of Christopher’s “Clarinet Road” series but had to wait until 2012 because of other CD releases.
“In Sidney’s Footsteps,” marks the return of the “Jazz Traditions Project” performing music that celebrates and aims to extend the legacy of New Orleans traditions. With Sèbastien Girardot (bass), David Blenkhorn (guitar), and Guillaume Nouaux (drums) the CD features spirited versions of Bechet gems, some carefully chosen standards and even a Boogie-Woogie composed for the session to feature guest pianist Julien Brunetaud who fills out the group whenever possible.
More often what usually comes to mind when you think of a jazz duo, is a combination of voice with instrumental accompaniment. Although at the end of the tracks, within this delightful selection of various interpretations, an unpretentious vocal is rendered by guitarist David Blenkhorn. This collaboration between guitar and contra-bassist Sebastien Girardot delivers a fresh, captivating selection of songs that epitomize musical intimacy.
The disc opens with a fresh arrangement on an old spiritual and mainstay within the traditional jazz repertoire, Just A Closer Walk With Thee. Beginning with a rubato intro, guitar and arco bass, they dance into a jubilant stroll establishing a definitive tempo in 3⁄4 time. With bass switching to pizzicato, a bass line and strong groove is maintained throughout, allowing the guitar to embellish on the melody, expanding rhythmically and harmonically to a climax, with the theme being stated once again, exiting the way they entered and finally vamping out, a tempo, this time with the jaunty bass line being established by the guitar.
I could go on and on about how nice this recording turned out. But when music is great, there’s really no room for criticism. Simply a smile of joy is an appropriate riposte. Finally, I thought it was necessary to set the mood with a detailed description of the opening track, which in my opinion gives a clear expectation of what is yet to come. Besides, there should be some space left for words from someone else who enjoys this recording as much as I do. Well done, my gifted brothers!
Its the Paris-Sydney Swing Connection playing the Gypsy and Just You Just Me at JazzAscona 2010, with Ehud Asherie sitting in on piano (George Washingmachine, Michel Pastre, David Blenkhorn, Sebastien Girardot and Guillaume Nouaux) :
“4 ETOILES” JAZZMAN
“SELECTION” JAZZ HOT
“PLAYLIST” RADIO TSF
“PLAYLIST” RADIO WWOZ (USA)
“DISQUES DU MOIS” JAZZ MAGAZINE
“LE JOURNAL DE L’ILE” (LA REUNION)
“SELECTION” KING JAZZ REVIEW (U.K)
“SELECTION RAYON LASER” BATTEUR MAGAZINE
“DISQUE DU MOIS” BULLETIN DU HOT CLUB DE FRANCE