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Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou Records)

A delicate album of melodic free playing from trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo and his partner Cecile Cappozzon piano, covering the work of Charles Mingus ("Pithecantropus Erectus", "Goodbye Porkpie Hat") and Mal Waldron ("No More Tears," "The Seagulls of Kristiansund").

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UPC: 3426300099044

Label: Fou Records
Catalog ID: FR-CD15
Squidco Product Code: 23421

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Maison en Bois a Abbeville La Riviere on july 28th 2015 by Jean-Luc Foussat.


Cecile Cappozzo-Piano

Jean-Luc Cappozzo-piano, trumpet, bugle

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"Cécile Cappozzo was born in 1984 in Roanne of parents musicians.

Trained on the classical piano, she quickly turned to jazz and improvised music. After a visit to the Conservatoire de Saint-Étienne (jazz department) and to the Faculty of Musicology of Tours, she multiplied the musical experiences and formed during master classes with Mal Waldron, Charles Gayle, Jacques Loussier, Sophia Domancich ..., And won the Prix Fédécouverte 2006 with his own trio, at the age of 22, which will allow him to perform in the halls belonging to the Fédération des Scènes de Jazz de France.

At the same time, she became passionate about flamenco at the age of 20, took her first flamenco dance classes in Tours with Aurélia Vidal, was trained at various courses and festivals in France (Mont de Marsan, Rivesaltes, Paris) and Spain (Seville, Granada). Passionate, she leaves in Andalusia, in Jerez de la Frontera, guardian city of cante jondo or "deep song" according to the aficionados, for a duration of 2 years (2007 to 2009). She met her "maestra", Manuela Carpio, a great gypsy dancer with inexhaustible knowledge, completed her training with other artists such as Maria José Franco, Ana Maria Lopez and Carmen Herrera, and especially Mercedes Ruiz, a young internationally renowned jerezana dancer . She continues her training with great dancers such as La Lupi, Fran Espinosa, Israel Galvan, La Moneta ...

Back in France in 2010, La Cecilia continues her training with artists such as Bobote, Juana Amaya, Israel Galvan, José Maya, Manuela Carrasco, La Lupi and aims to promote traditional flamenco by offering internships and Spectacles, and always bearing in mind the generosity and the strength inherent to this art.

She returned to Andalusia very regularly to continue her training with Manuela Carpio (Jerez de la Frontera), in the schools of Seville and with La Lupi (Malaga).

In 2014, she created her own group La Cecilia y su gente . She is also part of the choreographic group (contemporary dance) by Dimitri Tsiapkinis ( Omnivion ), the first of which was given at the Center Chorégraphique de Tours in September 2014 in which she presents a contemporary flamenco solo.

Cécile Cappozzo also performs as a flamenco dancer, multiplying projects with different French and Spanish artists ( Cie Helena Cueto , Cie Acento Flamenco , Cie Sabrina Le Guen , show with Carmen Herrera, Duo with Karine Gonzalez ...), as a pianist. Jean-Luc Cappozzo, an internationally recognized jazz trumpet player, released his first album on the label Fou Records entitled " Soul Eyes " in November 2015 ). She is also a member of the Trio Alzea (world music: violin / voice / piano), the final project of which was carried out by both the Poitou-Charentes Region and SPEDIDAM and ADAMI. , Came to applaud them at the New Theater of Châtellerault during the Winter Festival of December 215, was triumphant.

In addition, she is invited by various jazz groups (duo with Sébastien Boisseau, among others) on the initiative of Les Sources Sonores project (contemporary flamenco and free improvisation with the Marseille dancer La Fabia).

She is also part of the new band of the famous guitarist Juan de Lerida as a pianist and dancer.

All these projects nurture her teaching of flamenco dance, which she teaches during regular courses (Tours, Bourges, Blois, Lyon, Paris, ...) "

-Cecile Cappozzo Website (translated by Google) (

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"Jean-Luc Cappozzo was born in Belfort, France, in 1954. He started playing the trumpet in the local orchestra of his native town where he performed both jazz and classical music. Following a meeting with the diatonic accordionist Serge Desaunay, he started to perform traditional music as well.

His meeting with Dizzy Gillespie in 1984, who invited him to participate in his concert, was a turning point in Jean-Luc Cappozzo's career.

In 1988 he obtained the State Diploma of Professor of Jazz and subsequently taught trumpet improvisation at the Music School of Lyon (CNSM).

He has taken part in various groups of musicians of the ARFI.

He has been a member of he Louis Sclavis Quintet "L'Affrontement des Prétendants" and of Claude Tchamitchian's "Grand Lousadzak". In addition he has played in Sophia Domancich's Quintet "Pentacle", the Denis Fournier Quartet and with Joelle Léandre's Quintet "Fragments et suite lyrique". He has formed a quartet with Jean Aussanaire , Rémi Charmasson and Bernard Santacruz and created a musical work "Du Vent chez Johannes" with the Johannes String Quartet.

In 2005 he joined the European Mythical Orchestra: the Globe Unity Orchestra. He has played with the Apollo Trio and composed duo s with the cellists Joelle Léandre or Eric Brochard, the singer Géraldine Keller, the drummer Paul Lovens, the tuba player Michel Godard, the pianist Umberto Petrin and the trumpet players Axel Dorner or Herb Robertson. Actually, he is playing with: - "The Bridge" with Joëlle Léandre (cb), Bernard Santacruz (cb), Mickaël Zerang (dms) and Douglas Ewart (sax - flûte) - - " Can You Hear Me" of Joëlle Léandre (cb) - " 2 ème étage " with Christine Wodrascka (p) and Gerry Hemingway (dms) - Duo with Famoudou Don Moye (dms) - Duo with Cécile Cappozzo (p) - Quartet à l'Ouest with Jean Aussanaire (sax), Eric Brochard (cb) and Alfred Spirli (dms) - Duo with Géraldine Keller (voice) - Duo with Eric Brochard (cb) - Trio with Didier Lasserre (dms) and Paul Rogers (cb) For his strength, his creativity, his magnificent sonority, the clarity of his phrasing, Jean-Luc Cappozzo is today an indispensable trumpet player on the European musical scene and is in increasing demand. Jean-Luc Cappozzo, powerful and mellifluous trumpet player, is "a discreet man who would blush to be labeled one of the most relevant soloists and the most complete on the French jazz scene. He may blush".(S. Siclier, Le Monde 1/08/2002)"

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track listing:

1. No More Tears - Goodby Porkpie Hat - Nostalgia In Time Square 24:33

2. Soul Eyes - Pithecantropus Erectus 13:21

3. The Seagulls Of Kristiansund 5:50
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"Some avant jazz artists make a point of looking back from time to time to the rich history and roots of the music. Anthony Braxton of course is one, and then so is trumpetmaster Jean-Luc Cappozzo. He with his pianist partner Cecile Cappozzo take a lovingly lingering look at some Charles Mingus and Mal Waldron gems on the recent Soul Eyes (Fou Records FR-CD15). Mingus gets his due in versions of "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Nostalgia in Times Square" and "Pithecathropus Erectus"; Waldron is remember with "No More Tears," "The Seagulls of Kristiansund" and perhaps his best known composition-song, the title cut "Soul Eyes." Cecile puts forth a lean-to-lush, crisply modern piano style that evokes everyone from Monk to Ran Blake (and of course a gesture towards the pianisms of Mingus and Waldron) but does it in her own way. Jean-Luc brings in some of his special avant timbrality but then can be touchingly straightforward, as in his articulation of the "Pork Pie" melody line. Both are verymuch on their game. The duo format allows plenty of loose flexibility which the two realize with a oneness that communicates readily and happily. And in the process the artistry of Cecile and Jean-Luc comes through with dedication and a sort of reverence to the masters that projects outwards with nice forays into the outer realms now and again, but can and does stay nicely within the changes of the songs as the spirit moves. It is a beautiful set that manages to remind you how central these songs still are--and also how much improvisational room there still remains for the right artists to refresh the music."-Grego Applegate Edwards

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