In the current landscape of young French jazz, Pj5 offers one of the most pertinent musical propositions. This is a group in the full meaning of the term, whose identity comes above all from a sound: a certain capacity to densify the derivative sound of death metal, with the shapes of contemplative contemporary chamber music, the borders of minimalism and folk, fuelled with their personal contemporary jazz sensibility and improvisations. A laureate of the ‘Jazz Migration’ program for upcoming talents, composed of five French musicians from the same generation, PJ5 releases a third album displaying a band striving for purity and nuance, energy and intensity in order to accomplish a music capable of moving from epic accents to the simplicity of jingles, from electric storms to delicate sound patterns. Echoing the mysteries and perils of existence, "I Told The Little Bird" resonates with a state of our world that oscillates magnificently between light and chaos, despair and hope, distortion and resolution. Featuring Swedish singer Isabel Sörling and Belgian improv wizard Jozef Dumoulin on the Fender Rhodes, an album in the shape of a sound odyssey.
Paul Jarret (guitar), Maxence Ravelomanantsoa (tenor sax), Léo Pellet (trombone), Alexandre Perrot (double bass), Ariel Tessier (drums).
Special guests: Isabel Sörling (vocals on #1,2,3,5 & 7), Jozef Dumoulin (Fender Rhodes on #1,2,3,5,6,7 & 9).
Recorded by Erwan Boulay at Midilive Studios, Villetaneuse, France in February 2018
Recording assistance by Étienne Clauzel
Mixed by Erwan Boulay at Studio Libretto, Antony, France
Mastered by Benjamin Joubert at Biduloscope Mastering
Photography: Sylvain Gripoix
Artwork by Yann Bagot
Graphic design: Olivier Linden
Liner notes by Vincent Bessières (English translation: Jerome Reese)
Produced by CC Production, AJC and COllectif BLO with the support of Adami and SPPF
Executive producer: Vincent Bessières