Gael Horellou

Organ Power! (Digipack)

Fresh Sound 5100 Series

Gael Horellou (as), Pierre Drevet (tp), Simon Girard (tb), Fred Nardin (org), Antoine Paganotti (d)

Reference: FSRCD 5113

Bar code: 8427328651134

This will be Gaël Horellou’s fifth CD for Fresh Sound. His involvement with the label goes back twenty years, when he was a young, promising alto saxophonist who came to Barcelona in search of new experiences with his friend, tenor David Sauzay. At the head of a contemporary bop quintet, the two young men demonstrated true mastery of their instrument and an overwhelming, contagious energy on stage. They created such an impact during the short time they spent in town, that I just had to ask them whether they wanted to record an album before going back to France. It was decided, then. Their album “Versus” was recorded in May 1999 with both saxophonists as co-leaders. That was the beginning of my admiration for this talented musician, but also of a long friendship.

Me and Gaël’s professional relationship has developed since then, with him recording three more albums for Fresh Sound, “Time After Time” (2011); “Brooklyn” (2013) and the popular “Coup de Vent” (2017), about which Bruno Peiffer wrote the following on his review for Libération: “It is not often you find a hard bop album where talent and respect abound, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t comment on ‘Coup de Vent’, this little gem that alto saxophonist Gaël Horellou has recorded with trumpet player Jeremy Pelt in 2016 for the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent.” Louis-Julien Nicolau also wrote about the album for Telerama, saying: “The hard bop here is delivered with abundant expressiveness and brilliance. But Horellou and his quintet don’t stop there: by playing this music as if it had been just invented, they attest to its timeless relevance.”

As a musician, Gaël never seems to stay comfortable for too long, something you can hear in the many formations he’s been part of. For that reason, his recordings are always a surprise for the listener, but if there’s something that never changes, it’s the source of his style, based in the language of hard bop; his sharp attack and phrasing, which have made him a musician respected by musicians and fans alike. That’s why I’m so happy to record with him this new project —“Organ Power!”— where the essence of ‘soul’ music and the audacity of “hard bop” will be tackled by a quintet with a frontline led by Gaël Horellou on alto with the trumpet of Pierre Drevet, Simon Girard on trombone and backed by a rhythmic section with the organ of Fred Nardin and Antoine Paganotti on drums. A group that is sure to bring us an excellent album.

—Jordi Pujol, Fresh Sound Records


01. Le Hajeton 5:25
02. Nathanaël 6:07
03. Twistin' 4:15
04. Interlude in Blue 6:33
05. Rouse 7:53
06. Minority 7:34
07. GK 6:54
08. Funky Ruffel 6:02
09. Palace Special 7:16

Album details

All compositions by Gaël Horellou, except #6 by Gigi Gryce

Gaël Horellou (alto sax), Pierre Drevet (trumpet), Simon Girard (trombone), Fred Nardin (organ), Antoine Paganotti (drums).
Recorded at Studio des Egreffins, France, September 10 & 11, 2020

Sound engineer: Nicolas Charlier
Mixing: Dume Poutet
Mastered by Pieter de Wagter
Photography: Richard Maurin
Liner notes: Jordi Pujol

Produced by Gaël Horellou
Executive Producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Gaël Horellou est originaire de Caen. Il joue du saxophone alto, soprano, baryton mais il est également compositeur, arrangeur, programmeur électronique et enseignant. Avec son quintet il publie un nouvel album intitulé Organ Power! le 12 mai 2021 chez Fresh Sound Records.

Lorsque cinq musiciens de jazz extrêmement actifs se réunissent pour l’amour du swing et du groove cela donne évidemment un album de qualité. Et ces cinq lascars ne comptent plus les collaborations tant ils sont présents sur la scène jazz française depuis de nombreuses années.

Extension de son Organ Trio avec Frederic Nardin à l’orgue Hammond B3 et Antoine Paganotti à la batterie, ce combo appelé simplement Organ Power  Quintet donne à entendre deux solistes d’exception : Simon Girard au trombone et le magistral Pierre Drevet à la trompette. Sur des compositions et arrangements de Gaël Horellou, l’explosion des timbres est une véritable fête sonore!

Un album cool, brillant, furieusement swinguant qui donne la pêche et met du baume au coeur... Exactement ce dont on a bien besoin actuellement."

Mazik (8 Avril, 2021)


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