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MP3 Serge Forté Trio - Jazz'in Chopin

A jazz album recorded live in trio (piano, contrebass, drums), inspired by the great improviser who was Frédéric Chopin, precursor and jazzman before the term, to give you the opportunity to rediscover his music.

11 MP3 Songs in this album (69:10) !
Related styles: Jazz: Piano Jazz, Classical: Chopin, Type: Live Recordings

People who are interested in Frédéric Chopin Keith Jarrett Oscar Peterson should consider this download.


Details:
(See Japanese version with Serge''s bio hereunder)

Story of the recording :
The Jazz'' in Chopin project started in 1999 during a dinner organized by our friends Danielle and Henry, in connection with the Chopin year (150th death anniversary) with Polish official representatives. It was a charming evening (beautiful recipes by Henry !) but as a jazz pianist, I didn’t see very well which contribution I could bring to such event ...
However, at one time, we talked about jazz in Poland (which is very active) and some jazzmen who didn’t hesitate to transform Chopin’s works into jazz and in particular a trio who played only Chopin ! I have suddenly had a vision : a mixture of images, precise and at the same time fuzzy and during a few minutes I should not have paid much attention to the discussion in progress... It was like an idea, that I had always had but hidden deep in me, suddenly tried to appear. I always adored Chopin ! He even is my preferred composer !
I already played in concert an arrangement on his “prelude n° 4” … I recorded “study n°1” by Scriabin (arranged it also) who was a great Chopin’s fan ! (at the point to fall asleep with Master’s works under his pillow when he was small)... How I hadn''t thought earlier of continuing this step? At this moment, when I took again my spirits, Pascale, who had taken in my place the course of the discussion, precisely proposed to our hosts to listen to my version of the study n°1. Just after, my Polish interlocutors highly encouraged me to work on Chopin !
A few months later I made my first "Jazz'' in Chopin" concert at the Polish Institute of Paris. After 3 years of hard work the result is this Cd : "Jazz'' in Chopin". I hope that you will be able to realize, as I could do it during my various harmonic analyses, at which point Chopin was not only a great composer but also a master improviser. What makes him one of the first Jazz pianists !...

Echoes:

French musicians who played after the big band did not have the easy spot, especially with the intimist character of their music witch requires a certain concentration and a rather particular environment. Serge Forté, Peter Herbert and Steve Shehan appeared truly magicians knowing how to control the sound and the public. Their music, very thorough on the aesthetic side to the European artists, moved in a space where sound and silence played equality with very moderate colours. This music was in charge of an immense emotion and a very jazz feeling. The must was the interpretation of Chopin in Jazz, and there we could notice that there are not only the Polish musicians who can shine in this field!!!
Festival of Cracow, May 17, 2000, Robert BUCZEK

Serge Forté plays in a climate of inspiration and respiration. Chopin’s soul is not interpreted, revisited, or not copied - it is sublimated with the exact and relative definition of the dictionary: "to distil the volatile elements".
Franck Ténot

2001年制作のフランス名曲集も中々だった仏人ピアニストの、本作はショパンの作品群のジャズ化に挑んだトリオによるライヴ実況編。安定してノリのいいリズミカルなビートの上で、今回も主役pのエレガントな美旋律家ぶりが冴えており、その、詩情溢れるマイルドな節回しが爽やかに見せ場を飾る一方、温もり溢れるbの躍動的ソロ(頻出する弓弾き技も印象的)も随所に挿入されて彩りを添える。概ね、軽快かつダイナミックなノリのよさや様式美に重点を置いた行き方となっており、過去作に比してモーダルなテイストもより強化された、殺陣の型っぽい力学的アクション趣向(アブストラクトなフリー・インプロ激突とかも)が要所要所に現れて、大いに昂揚感を高める。苦味を利かせた硬質なブルース調のフレージングを活用しての内省的情緒表現や、力強く超エキサイティングに登り詰めてゆく情熱的な耽美派路線、辺りが特に傑出。新主流派のオーソドキシーに寄ったエモーショナルな進撃ぶりが清々しい壮快作。

Etude No6,Ballade No1,Andante Spianato,Mazurka No4,Suite Revolutionnare Part1〜5他全11曲収録
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Serge Forte(セルジュ フォルテ)
Jazz ピアニスト、作曲家、編曲家。1960年5月1日チュニス生まれ。

クラシックピアノを学んだ後、18歳でJazzと出会い、むさぼるようにあらゆる有名ミュージシャンの演奏を聴くようになる。クラシックピアノを教える傍ら、地方のグループで演奏活動を続ける。
1988年から1990年の間、パリのCIM(Jazz音楽学校)で教え、その後ラテン色の濃い《VAINA》を録音する。そこにはボーナストラックとしてMichel Petrucciani
とのデュオも録音されている。このPetruccianiの参加によってメディアの前にも姿を現すようになる。ポワチエでのMiles Davisの前座、ハイネケンフェスィバルで
の Stan Gets、Petruccianiの前座etc...
1992年には、フレンチシャンソンの名曲を取り入れた《La Vie en Bleu》を、
1994年には《Mosaique》を録音。それからOscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Phineas Newborn, Lennie Tristano
らを模索するようになり、最初好んでいたラテン音楽からは遠ざかり、テクニックやハーモニーを更に深めるようになる。
2003年、アルバム《Jazz''in Chopin》発売。このアルバムでは、ショパンのメロ
ディーがJazzスタンダード曲として取り扱われます。その結果、クラシックとJazzには実質的境界線がないことが明らかに感じられます。パーカッショニストMino Cineluとニューヨークで録音された《Thanks For All》は、ロマンティック音楽、
スウィング、グルーヴ、ラテン音楽同様、影響を受けた全ての偉大なミュージシャンに多大な敬意を表したものです。
Serge Forteは、ビッグアーティストSheila Jordanの最新アルバム《Believe in Jazz》において、彼女のトリオと共に演奏できたことを誇りに思っています。
Believe in Jazz,そのタイトルには現役の偉大なJazz Vocalのうちの一人の歴史が
要約されています。アルバム《La Boheme》は,《La Vie en Bleu》の流れで、
しかしAlain Chamfortらボーカルゲストを迎えての作品で、遺産としての
フレンチシャンソンに対するとても個人的な見解を表現しています。

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