This album is inspired by the reading of “Tristes Tropiques” by Claude Levi Strauss.
In “Alter Tropicus” jazz and world come crashing together: incredible music, accessible and inventive.
«Colorful Jazz influence by an array of sources» – Radio Nova
«This quartet succeeds where Wynton Marsalis wanted to go: give new life to tradition while freely recreating it» – Télérama
OZMA’s Jazz rimes with openness and energy!
Heirs of the liberty of rock, the rigor of swing, without forgetting a good dose of groove and the spirit of a group. Timeless flight, wild riffs, “Electric Taxi Land” is swarming with influences.
Modern fusion that doesn’t betray Frank Zappa nor George Clinton, one could imagine that Julien Lourau and Steve Coleman would be fond of it too… Dave Holland playing with a quintet!
” 1968-2008…N’effacez pas nos traces ! ” finds its unity and coherence in themes which have inspired Dominique Grange throughout her 40 year career: social struggles, racism, misery, inequalities, exile, prison, emancipation of peoples, revolutionary utopias…
Her songs are right in line with the historic expression of the protest song. In the lineup: 9 new songs, Remo Gary and Allain Leprest supply new unpublished lyrics for two songs, 4 re-recorded songs which were written just after the May 68 demonstrations and two songs about the Commune.
This album by Francesca Solleville highlights an exemplary career of over a half century. It also confirms the loyalty she maintains for her convictions, her singer-songwriter colleagues, and her artistic integrity.
It also contains a few new songs written by her fellow travelers among them Anne Sylvestre, Gilbert Laffaille, Alain Leprest, Jean Ferrat as well as Rémo Gary.
Dominique Grange sings original material but also “Tu n’en reviendras pas” by Aragon and Léo Ferré, words by Montéhus, others by Sébastien Faure, those of forgotten soldiers like “La Chanson de Craonne” and “Le Déserteur” by Boris Vian in which the last verse is in its entire original version
Victoria Rummler is an American singer brought up on folk, jazz and funk.
To start off this album of mostly original tunes she chose “Guys with Ties”, a real hymn to anti-stress. Am I Am is very “Pop” with plenty of good vibes.
It’s an album by a great vocalist who transports us into emotional country filled with sensitivity and intimate confessions but there’s humor as well; check out the traditional “Freres Jacques” reworked with the creative use of onomatopoeia. The album will interest fans of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Ani DiFranco, Sherryl Crowe and Susan Vega.
The album swings, but it is not really “swing”.
Hard bop? No, not really. But what kind of jazz is it? Simply today’s, there is no specifc category for it. It ‘s jazz warmly played by artists of diverse backgrounds.
No need to be an expert to appreciate this album. And for experts, they may identify with the subtleties and power of the arrangements.
An incisive album colored with original compositions and nourished by the energy of live shows… jazz in trompe-l’œil.
Lyrical adventurous solos, diabolic collective improvisations, themes that flirt with the blues, pop-rock instrumentals, free funk, calypso…
In fact, Strange Traffic breaks up moods and regenerates them into emotion in a succession of playful and tasty audio experiences. Sometimes the songs might make you think of Sonic Youth or Radiohead while other times King Crimson, Dave Holland or Dave Douglas come to mind.
Remo Gary has a way with words, a lucide and generous vision of the world that includes a commitment to social solidarity as well.
He plays with words to show us his rage, to try and put the universe back on its feet, to denounce amnesia and cowardice. Despite his rage, joyously and serenely, he calls for us to keep up hope, to change every morning to transform the world.
The album also includes “Les matelots de Groix”, an interpretation of Richepin’s text… a twenty minute long, moving ode to sailors who tragically perish in raging seas.
Scored and improvised original compositions rub shoulders with Jaco Pastorius’s “Teen Town” as well as Toninho Horta’s “Francisca”.
Gilles Coquard uses everything his instrument can muster to provoke his samples and pedals into new realms.
A “Bass album” which lets us take a new look at the instrument.
The band is a deluge of horns on top of a hellish rhythm section in the pure tradition of the “brass band. The album alternates between standards and original compositions. The band runs through various styles: ska, funk, afro-cuban, disco…a relentless groove machine!
The group takes on the compositions like thirsty animals, with an attitude that recalls rock, slam and jump. The album also includes a brass band punk version of Sting’s « Spirits in a material world ».