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Leroux / Berger / Decius / Pavolka: Quatuor Creole (Engine)

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.

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UPC: 738435290405

Label: Engine
Catalog ID: e046
Squidco Product Code: 16890

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
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

Matt Pavolka-contrabass

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track listing:

1. Oxossi 4:55

2. Tanganika 5:58

3. Fantaisie Creole 11:48

4. Fantancolo 6:36

5. Le Message 6:29

6. Dans La Foret 1:30

7. Notis 6:09

8. Monk In Paradise 3:56

9. MIH 4:56

10. Gambalou 4:23
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"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

Artist Biographies:

"Karl Berger is a six time winner of the Downbeat Critics Poll as a jazz soloist, recipient of numerous Composition Awards ( commissions by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, European Radio and Television: WDR, NDR, SWF, Radio France, Rai Italy. SWF-Prize 1994 ). Professor of Composition, Artist-in-Residence at universities, schools and festivals worldwide; PhD in Music Esthetics.

Karl Berger became noted for his innovative arrangements for recordings by Jeff Buckley ("Grace"), Natalie Merchant ("Ophelia"), Better Than Ezra, The Cardigans, Jonatha Brooke, Buckethead, Bootsie Collins, The Swans, Sly + Robbie, Angelique Kidjo a.o.; and for his collaborations with producers Bill Laswell, Alan Douglas ("Operazone"), Peter Collins, Andy Wallace, Craig Street, Alain Mallet, Malcolm Burn, Bob Marlett a.m.o. in Woodstock, NY. New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome.

He recorded and performed with Don Cherry, Lee Konitz, John McLaughlin, Gunther Schuller, the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Ingrid Sertso, Dave Holland, Ed Blackwell, Ray Anderson, Carlos Ward, Pharoah Sanders, Blood Ulmer, Hozan Yamamoto and many others at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, India, Phillippines, Japan, Mexico, Brazil.

His recordings and arrangements appear on the Atlantic, Axiom, Black Saint, Blue Note, Capitol, CBS, Columbia Double Moon, Douglas Music, Elektra , EMI, Enja, Island, JVC, Knitting Factory, In&Out, MCA, Milestone, Polygram, Pye , RCA, SONY, Stockholm, Vogue a.o.

Founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc., dba The Creative Music Studio, a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world's music forms; and to educational presentations through workshops, concerts, recordings, with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide.Conducted CMS Residencies worldwide. In the 90s, Dr. Berger was Professor of Composition and Dean of Music Education at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Frankfurt / Germany. Chairman of the Music Department at UMass Dartmouth till 2006.Now re-establishing CMS programming in collaboration with producer Rob Saffer, directing the CMS Archive Project, recording and producing. Performing internationally with the Allstar Ensemble "In the Spirit of Don Cherry" and with numerous projects, collaborating with vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso ( contact ). Recording a Trlogy of Piano Music for Tzadik Records. Collaborating with bassist Ken Filiano, vocalist Ingrid Sertso (KIK) + guitarist Kenny Wessel (KIKK). The Karl Berger Improvisers Orchestra, completed 75 performances in New York since the Spring of 2011 (see BLOG at New collaboration in Europe with drummer Baby Sommer, bassist Antonio Borghini, guitarist Carsten Radtke, vocalist/poet Ingrid Sertso (DIFFERENT STANDARDS). Collaborating with cornetist Ken Knuffke, violinist Jason Hwang, saxophonists Ivo Perelman, Peter Apfelbaum, Mercedes Figueras, drummers Harvey Sorgen, Tani Tabbal, Warren Smith, Tyshawn Sorey. bassists Joe Fonda, Mark Helias, Max Johnson, William Parker, trumpeter Steven Bernstein and others for recordings and performances."

-Karl Berger Website (

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