Multi-wind player Sylvain Leroux's Quatuor Creole with Karl Berger blends West Indian music, African music, jazz, and Western conservatory music based on the idea that jazz was born in New Orleans because of the presence of Creole culture there.
Leroux / Berger / Decius / Pavolka
Released in: USA
"Sylvain Leroux's debut Quatuor Créole is a blend of West Indian music, African music, jazz, and Western conservatory music. The record is built around the idea that jazz was born in New Orleans largely because of the presence of Creole culture there. In Louisiana there were white "French Creoles," mostly French and Spanish who settled there and "Creoles of color" who were free blacks who came from the West Indies.
The idea of fusing these two Creole cultures is reflected in the lineup of this record - French Canadian Leroux and Haitian percussionist Sergo Décius. Leroux plays flute, tambin (fula flute), alto sax, and donso ngoni throughout the record. He is joined on this set by the distinguished pianist and vibe player Karl Berger, who Leroux has played and studied with for over 30 years. Musically this cultural mashup is best exemplified by the tune "fantasie créole" - a slow classical-like first section, seguing into a more rhythmic second section with extended flute and bass solos, going out in a third section that is a musical blend of the first two sections. Other tunes work a similar territory but with different tempos and different instrumentation.
This describes why these players are together, some of what they're playing, and why listeners must check out this hot mix"-Engine Studios
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Recorded in March 2011 at the Maid's Room in NYC by Jason Candler.
Sylvain Leroux-tambin (Fula flute), flute, alto saxophone, khaen, dozon ngoni
Karl Berger-piano, vibraphone
Sergo Decius-congas, percussions
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