Julien Bertrand (tp), Thibaud Saby (p, keyb), François-Régis Gallix (b), Arthur Declercq (d), Jean-Salim Charvet (as), Stefan Moutot (ts)
Bar code: 8427328435833
Concerts de présentation de New Fly:
03/10/2019 Le Trouillet, Alboussiere
04/10/2019 Jazz en Velay, La Chaponie
07/12/2019 Le Quai 472, Villefranche sur Saone, (+ Guest: Vincent Périer)
11/12/2019 After the Crescent, Bourges (+ Guest: Anne Sila)
12/12/2019 L'oiseau sur sa branche, Saou (+ Guest: Anne Sila)
14/12/2019 Hot Club de Lyon (+ Guest: Anne Sila)
15/12/2019 Jazz au TAF, Avignon
19/12/2019 Jazz Club "Le taquin", Toulouse
07/03/2020 The Crescent, Macon
12/06/2020 Jazz Lempdes Festiva
"I've been a friend and fan Julien Bertrand for 10 years. His playing and composing sounds fresher every time I hear him! This band is a must-see for any jazz fan and please check out the new CD."
—Donald Brown, pianist
“Julien Bertrand is a French trumpeter not previously known to me. Born in 1980, he studied trumpet at the Guéret Conservatory, and later classical music and improvisation. During later studies at CNR Chambéry, he met musicians in his future quintet. Since 2016 the band has had a new formation, and it plays mostly his compositions. Their first album New Flight was recorded in 2016, and this is the second.
It’s all Bertrand originals, except for The Peacocks by Jimmy Rowles, Fly Little Byrd Fly by trumpeter Donald Byrd, and Mr. Bojangles by country artist Jerry Jeff Walker. There are alternative takes of the originals Can You Dig It? and Le Petite Nouveau.
I have a theory about French jazz – that much of it is a muscular reaction to conventional ideas of French music as decorative or impressionistic. The present album fits the theory – this is virtuosic, high-energy postbop, that pushes beyond late Jazz Messengers – and at first it didn’t pull me in. But the compositions are growing on me.
Work Of Arth is a tribute to drummer Arthur Declercq, and Can You Dig It? – particularly reminiscent of later Jazz Messengers compositions – is dedicated to Wallace Roney, one of the trumpeter’s inspirations. The Peacocks opens with an impressive unaccompanied introduction by the leader, before a languid statement of Rowles’s gorgeous theme. The brief version of Mr. Bojangles is beautifully plangent. Thibaud Saby is particularly effective on electric keyboard, notably on the fast, furious title-track.
Bertrand is a talented composer and fine musician, and there’s much excitement and interest to be had here.”
Andy Hamilton (December 28, 2020)
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