On esko we go on a musical journey across Europe to the extraordinary land of Bohemia (popularly known as esko, but officially means Czech), the homeland of two composers we have come to love so much. It doesn't seem to matter that we hardly know their country: the indescribable energy of the music, with its folk melodies and harmonies, revealing the essence of a nation steeped in a deep cultural history, takes us there instantly.
Guitarist Barthelemy has spent much of his career working with orchestras, both jazz and classical, and on this album he teams up again with the 13-piece Orchestre National De Jazz. Stylistically various, the programme here ranges from wild free-form to tightly arranged passages, sometimes in pastiche mood. This is exciting, exploratory Euro-jazz.
Gil Evans was his spiritual father, and when the pianist and composer Laurent Cugny took charge of the ONJ en 1994. He already had big-band experience: for more than ten years he’d been leading the Big Band Lumière. For Laurent Cugny, the ONJ would be an extension of that rewardind experience, and it was enhanced by great encounters.
For the first time under the direction of a foreigner, Paolo Damiani, the French orchestra explores themes related to the Mediterranean area. With the help of special guests Anouar Brahem and Gianluigi Trovesi, the Italian musical director offers musical landscapes that encompass the various aspects of the region. The album opens with a suite penned by Trovesi, which digs deep into the Italian musical tradition, but also incorporates more recent influences from the Middle East and Africa. With the brass instruments in the forefront, it is definitely the most colorful and animated segment of the disc.
Philip Catherine is a Belgian jazz guitarist, born to an English mother and a Belgian father, known for his collaborations on numerous albums and with jazz musicians like Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Richard Galliano, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Stéphane Grappelli, Toots Thielemans, Robert Wyatt, Klaus Doldinger, Buddy Guy, Karin Krog, Carla Bley, Larry Coryell, Mike Mantler and Joachim Kühn, and within the prog-rock band Focus.
In the past, the pianist we had already shown he was an excellent musician through his numerous creations jazzy as artistic. Antoine Hervé confirms its strong character more likable and talented teacher with his "jazz lessons." What is hidden there behind the name a bit windy and a bit daunting? A lot of talent and a mischievous wink! Lesson Jazz Antoine Hervé addresses those who seek the key to address the work of a great jazz musician. What a boon that whomsoever also the dream of a warm-up on jazz in general! After his lesson on jazz Jobim and the second lesson dedicated to Wayne Shorter, one discovers the talent Hervé explain the ins as a piece of Wayne Shorter, to fill the appetite of enthusiasts insiders than deviate by example to dissect what a binary or ternary blues or funk to a wide audience.