July 31, 2013

V4YS Concert Review - Erik Truffaz Quartet - Live in Paris, New Morning - 300713

July in Paris can be sweaty and boring...but extremely funky too!

If you don't mind the occasional polluted heatwaves, the temporarily deserted city offers some rare musical moments to those still around. After Robert Glasper a few days ago, I could not resist spending another (almost) one-to-one evening with some world class musicians. To get the Groove going at the New Morning, Erik Truffaz and his quartet delivered a red-hot plate of their inimitable warm nu-jazz sound.

A journey through their 15-years-long repertoire, this laid-back session highlighted the difference between a "rhythmic section" and a real "band". If Erik Truffaz's name is more than famous, people tend to forget he is indivisible from his quartet. Present since his beginnings back in 1997, drummer Marc Erbetta and bass player Marcello Giuliani are treasures in their own rights and part of my little "must see" live musicians list.
Added to the line-up in 2010 on piano/keyboards following the departure of Patrick MullerBenoit Corboz quickly fit in, thanks to his energetic
Marc Erbetta, New Morning, 300713
& groovy style.

If their success has them regularly fill large venues, their complicity and cohesion is nowhere best to be felt than in a little club such as the New Morning.
Get a glimpse of their magical Groove with this little video extract. One of my favorite tracks from Erik, Siegfried is to be found in his classic 1999 LP Bending New Corners, their live version yesterday night still has me shivering !

Marcello Giulian, New Morning, 300713

Benoit Corboz, New Morning, 300713

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