Frédéric Balsarin, Guitar on track 8
Pierre-Jean Gaucher, Guitar on tracks 6 and 7
Jean-Luc Rimey-Meille, Marimba on tracks 6 and 8
Nicolas Casanova, French Horn on track 5
1 Les Loups Ne Se Mangent Pas Entre Eux
2 Le Café Est Notre Ami
3 Invective Designophone
6 Echidna’s Arf of You/Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing* (F. Zappa)
8 Mutante* (J-L Rimey Meille)
9 Red * (Robert Fripp)
This album is dedicated to the memory of Jacques Antonicelli
Recorded in July 2011 at Mont d’or Studios, France by Stéphane Pauze
Mixed & Mastered by Enrico Cacace in Los Angeles, CA
Produced by Fodil Berrah
Photos by Stéphane Dérbékian
Design and cover photo by Elodie Maubrun
All compositions by Sébastien Bonniau except :
Mutante by Jean-Luc Rimey Meille
Echidna’s Arf of you/Don’t you ever wash that thing by Frank Zappa
Red by Robert Fripp
Distributed by Wide Sound
The trio would like to thank: Fodil Berrah, Pierre-Jean Gaucher, Nicolas Casanova, Jean-Luc Rimey-Meille, Frédéric Balsarin, Stéphane Pauze, Stéphane Dérbekian, Franck Tortiller, Sophie Blondeau, Enrico Cacace, Jérôme Vicat-Blanc, Domenico Fioravanti, Elodie Maubrun, Bernard Burlat, Dominique Sohet, Lawrence Littler…
Sébastien would like to thank: Alix Balardelle, Didier Lacroix, Simon, Maryse and Jean-Pierre Bonniau.
Guillaume would like to thank: Bernadette and Frédérick Antonicelli, Marc Lisiewicz, Virginie Lemaire and Christophe Noel, Enzo Lo Greco, Richard and Catherine Pick, all my friends and all those who encourage me in life as a musician.
Attilio would like to thank: Patrice Leroi, DW drums, Innovative Percussion, George Barrett, Nick Philips, Ufip Cymbals
Trios are everywhere in jazz. But when a vibraphone takes the place of the piano and an electric bass usurps the double bass, we are closer to the « power trio » so popular in rock, than to the purely traditional jazz trio. And if our three friends then mix their own compositions with those from worlds as diverse as King Crimson and Frank Zappa, what can we do but raise an eyebrow and open our ears? But when they invite you to join in the adventure on some of the tracks, you don’t wait, you jump at the chance!
All I had to do was let myself be carried along by a long-standing group of friends who are constantly playing with contrasting rhythms and harmonies. The vibraphone and marimba wrap the music in a sound which is warm and broad, and Guillaume Antonicelli’s bass plays a variety of roles with spirit and vigour: in addition to his solos, the contrepoints he weaves together are many, contributing to the theme and providing an unshakable rhythmic base, and allowing Attilio Terlizzi to go all out to express himself in his lavish polyrhythmic, multicoloured drumming.
Sébastien Bonniau is a musician. Now you might think that’s not saying much, but listen to this disc and the music emanating from it – the sound, the groove, the spirit – that’s what it is to be a musician: sensitivity, superb writing, a unique sound colour and, above all, a way of existing in music without ego, without pretention, simply at the service of music, his music. It’s beautiful, poetic, rare and full of humanity. Humanity is often forgotten, but that’s also what music is about – sharing, friendship, friends, long being faithful to a trio. Sébastien is today acknowledged as a major player in French jazz, making his way without fuss, but with humility and what talent!
That’s what being a musician is all about!