John Coltrane's Africa/Brass Revisited (2-CD) Digifile
  • Jazz à la Villette, Paris
    Jazz à la Villette, Paris

Christophe Dal Sasso

John Coltrane's Africa/Brass Revisited (2-CD) Digifile

Jazz & People

Christophe Dal Sasso (fl, arr, dir), Julien Alour, Quentin Ghomari (tp, flh), Jerry Edwards, Daniel Zimmermann (tb), Dominique Mandin (as, fl), Géraldine Laurent (as), Sophie Alour (ts, clarinet & flute), David El-Malek (ts), Thomas Savy (b-cl, bs), Pierre de Bethmann (p), Manuel Marches (b), Karl Jannuska (d), Andy Berlad Catelo (gwo-ka drums)

Reference: JP2CD 21005

Bar code: 5051083172523

At the head of an orchestra largely dominated by brass, drawing its material from blues, folklore, spirituals and the memory of songs associated with slavery, Coltrane performed a series of compositions arranged by Eric Dolphy, which referred back to the original continent - Africa - and, beyond, echoed the African-American experience as a whole. Half a century later, on the strength of the success of his rereading of “A Love Supreme”, master arranger Christophe Dal Sasso and Big Band, elected “Group of the year” at the Victoires du Jazz in 2020, have revisited this underexplored repertoire which they performed for the first time on the stage of the Jazz à La Villette festival in Paris.

Crossing the inspired and fiery saxophones of Sophie Alour, Géraldine Laurent and David El-Malek, this true all-star of hexagonal jazz restores throughout this double live album all the spiritual power of the work, faithful to the universal scope of the humanist message that John Coltrane had written at the heart of his record.

“Tribute concerts are rarely as exceptional as the musician they mean to celebrate. Rarer still are recordings of concerts that live up to the homage, especially when it’s as towering a figure as John Coltrane. John Coltrane’s Africa/Brass Revisited is an exceptional exception to this rule, a refreshing, and updated surprise.” [...]

—Ashley Kahn (Taken from the inside liner notes)
Author of «A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane's Signature Album»


CD 1
01. Tunji (John Coltrane) 12:03
Feat. David El-Malek
02. Greensleeves (Public Domain) 12:49
Feat. Sophie Alour
03. Blues Minor (John Coltrane) 10:55
Feat. Géraldine Laurent
04. Africa (John Coltrane) 15:06
Feat. David El-Malek

CD 2
01. Liberia (John Coltrane) 10:06
Feat. Géraldine Laurent
02. You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye-De Paul) 06:12
Feat. Sophie Alour
03. Song of the Underground Railroad (Traditional) 12:51
Feat. David El-Malek
04. Naima (John Coltrane) 08:39
Feat. David El-Malek

Album details

All arrangements written by Christophe Dal Sasso, inspired on a Vincent Bessières original idea

Julien Alour, Quentin Ghomari (trumpets, flugel horn), Jerry Edwards, Daniel Zimmermann (trombones), Dominique Mandin (alto sax, flute), Géraldine Laurent (alto sax), Sophie Alour (tenor sax, clarinet & flute), David El-Malek (tenor sax), Thomas Savy (bass clarinet, baritone sax), Pierre de Bethmann (piano), Manuel Marches (bass), Karl Jannuska (drums), Andy Berlad Catelo (gwo-ka drums), Christophe Dal Sasso (flute, direction).
Live at Grande Hall, Paris, on September 11, 2020

Recorded by FIP Radio France in the Jazz à la Villette Festival, Paris
Graphic design: Olivier Linden
Liner notes: Ashley Kahn

Produced by Christophe Dal Sasso
Executive producer: Vincent Bessières

Press reviews

"Il n’y a absolument rien à jeter dans ces quelque 90 minutes qui s’écoulent à grande vitesse et qui, il faut bien le dire, font un bien fou."

—"Élu", Citizen Jazz  


19,95 €  (tax incl.)

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