Saturday, April 7, 2007

Eric Truffaz - Arkhangelsk (fusion/rock)

French trumpet player Eric Truffaz is no stranger to fans of nu jazz. This summer he'll be performing live with his band at the Blue Note Records Festival in Ghent, Belgium.
On his latest album Truffaz presents us with a blend of smooth jazz and melancholy singer/songwriter oriented rock. One of the pieces on the album especially caught my attention: Manon is a refreshing version of a song by Serge Gainsbourg.

I found a link for those who want to check out the album. Links are in the comments section.


Anonymous said...

Truffaz n'est pas fran├žais, mais suisse
Truffaz is not french, but swiss ??

Salty Dog said...

Well, Anonymous, you might be right! Truffaz was born in Switzerland, but his father was French. Eric Truffaz went on to study and work in Switzerland. A bit confusing, right?

Anyway, here's a short biography...

Erik Truffaz received an early introduction into the world of a professional musician, thanks to his saxophone-playing dad. When he was ten years old, the trumpeter began performing in his father's dance band. As he grew older, Truffaz performed with other bands in the region until he was 16 and heard Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. The great jazz trumpeter's music inspired him to learn more, and he set off for Switzerland's Geneva Conservatoire, where he became a student.

Truffaz's repertoire expanded to works by Mozart and Verdi, and he performed as part of Orchestre de Suisse Romande. He also played in cover bands before establishing a group called Orange. The band concentrated on Truffaz's compositions. Among its members was Marc Erbetta, a drummer who continued to play with Truffaz as the trumpeter evolved.

Truffaz's jazz fusion artistry led France's Jury du Concours National de la Defense to bestow upon him the 1991 Prix Special, that country's coveted jazz award. Within three years, he became a leader with the release of Nina Valeria. In 1991, he made the first of his three appearances on the stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival. For two years beginning in 1994, he toured Europe, Russia, and Brazil, thanks to funds bestowed by the ProHelvetia Foundation. In 2000, Truffaz signed with Blue Note records and released The Mask, a straight ahead jazz session with Miles Davis similarities. By his second Revisite and third Mantis discs, however, Truffaz began to stretch the boundaries of contemporary jazz by incorporating drum'n'bass and hip-hop rhythms, establishing himself as a cutting edge artist in his own right. In 2003, Walk of the Giant Turtle was issued on Blue Note's parent label EMI.

Linda Seida Al Campbell, All Music Guide

Salty Dog said...

Here are the links…


Patricia said...

Hi! Unfortunately it seems like Erik Truffaz Part 1 is a dead link. Part 2 is still available.

Great blog!!!Keep it up!