Following the Sun (Digifile)
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Alexis Valet

Following the Sun (Digifile)

Jazz & People

Alexis Valet (vib), Dayna Stephens (ts), Aaron Parks (p), Joe Martin (b), Kush Abadey (d)

Reference: JPCD 824002

Bar code: 5051083200257

In the fall of 2022, French jazz vibraphonist Alexis Valet followed the sun, from east to west, and embarked on a trip to New York. After three months there playing, jamming and absorbing as much music as possible, he decided to record an album, “Following the Sun”, that encapsulates his experience in the Big Apple. Surrounded by a high-flying team, bringing together saxophonist Dayna Stephens, pianist Aaron Parks, double bassist Joe Martin and drummer Kush Abadey, the Frenchie did not flinch, drawing from his sporting past the resources to give the best of himself and demonstrate that he is among the new masters of his instrument. A metaphor for his adventure, “Following the Sun”, anchored in the heart of current jazz, sounds like a quest for this light which allows all living beings to grow and develop, and which we could otherwise call inspiration.


01. Ups and Downs (Alexis Valet) 8:00
02. June (Alexis Valet) 8:30
03. Dream of Integrity (Alexis Valet) 3:49
04. Laika (Alexis Valet) 6:36
05. Following the Sun (Alexis Valet) 6:35
06. Cypher (Alexis Valet) 5:10
07. Lekeitio (Alexis Valet) 4:47
08. Myrtle (Alexis Valet) 5:27

Album details

Alexis Valet (vibes), Dayna Stephens (tenor sax), Aaron Parks (piano), Joe Martin (bass), Kush Abadey (drums).
Recorded at Samurai Hotel, Astoria, New York,December 4, 2022

Sound engineer: David Stoller
Mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington
Photography: Desmond White
Graphic design: Olivier Linden

Produced by Alexis Valet
Executive producer: Vincent Bessières
© Jazz & People

Press reviews

"Everyone is well known here and the album recorded in the US is more than the sum of its illustrious parts [...] 'Following the Sun' sports an ultra hip approach"

"Alexis Valet a bien fait de suivre le soleil qui l’a emmené se gorger de l’énergie new-yorkaise et qui a contribué à en faire l’un des “grands” d’aujourd’hui sur son instrument."

"Il en découle un disque de jazz d’aujourd’hui parfaitement équilibré où chaque individualité donne le meilleur d’elle-même au service d’un collectif très soudé qui «envoie du lourd»"
—Culture Jazz


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