Chapter One : NOLA Improvisations

by Pierre Durand

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FRANCAIS / FRENCH

Inviter le spectateur au voyage… Lui raconter des histoires qui le propulsent dans des mondes différents… Montrer, tel Akira Kurosawa avec Rashômon, qu’il n’y a pas « une » façon de voir et de vivre, mais une infinité d’approches qui se valent, liées au vécu de chacun…Démontrer que le jazz est humain. Donc pluriel.

Voilà ce qui a motivé mon envie de devenir musicien.
Etre au carrefour de toutes les cultures, c'est ma raison d'être.
Je ne pouvais pas trouver plus belle musique que le jazz pour cela.

Ce disque en solo est le premier sous mon nom.
Il a été "REVELATION" Jazzman, "ELU" CitizenJazz, "INDISPENSABLE TOP 6" Jazznews, "Disque du jour" TSF, "OUI" CultureJazz ....
Le Chapitre 2 sera enregistré en novembre 2014 avec le "ROOTS" 4tet.

ENGLISH

When I made my mind to be a jazzman, I tried to answer 2 questions :
- What is Jazz?
- Does a white european musician have the right to play an afro-american music born upon segregation, exploitation and oppression ?

The answers really made my musical personality, on stage or in studios, as a leader or as a sideman (with the great Archie Shepp for example).

What is Jazz ? The only music on earth that mixes all musics with the art of improvisation as its spine.
Can jazz be played by a white european guy ? Yes because Jazz is universalist, belongs to everyone, especially the curious and the risk takers.

Telling stories in music, beeing in the middle of a cultural croosroad, that’s why I’m on stage or "on air".

The chapter Two will be recorded in november 2014 with the "ROOTS' 4tet.

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released 25 October 2012

John Boutté, Nicholas Payton, Cornell Williams: Vocals on "Au Bord".
Pierre Durand: Electric Guitar, Johnson and vocal on "Jesus just left Chicago " (Billy F.Gibbons, Joe Michael Hill, Frank Lee Beard).

All compositions by Pierre Durand except :
- When I Grow Too Old to Dream (O. Hammerstein, S. Romberg)
- Jesus Just Left Chicago (B.Gibbons, J. Hill, F. Beard aka ZZ TOP)

"Coltrane", "Emigré" , "Who the damn' is John Scofield" , "In Man we trust (almost)" are spontaneous compositions.

Label: LES DISQUES DE LILY (www.lesdisquesdelily.fr)

Recorded at Piety Street Recording by Mark Bingham and Wesley Fontenot (assistant engineer).
Mixed by Mark Bingham and Wesley Fontenot (1, 2, 6, 8).
Mixed by Ludovic Palabaud (3, 4, 5, 7)
Mastering: Raphaël Jonin
Photos: Sylvain Gripoix
Graphic Design: Anne Horel

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"Le jazz est le mélange de toutes les musiques du monde avec l'improvisation comme colonne vertébrale. Ainsi, il n'a plus de frontières, c'est sa raison d'être."
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