Thomas Champagne feat. Adam O’Farrill
With his new album “Tide” sax-player Thomas Champagne dumps the superfluous and is determined to keep the spontaneity of a first encounter and the freshness of the first dialogues. Never break the flow of a passionate conversation.
Get to the heart of things. This is the promise of this recording. Tell each other all there is to say. Let ideas come and go, back and forth, without hiding anything, spontaneously and sincerely.
In this respect, he can depend upon his friends Guillaume Vierset (guitar), Ruben Lamon (double bass), Alain Deval (drums) and, above all, his guest, the formidable New York trumpet player Adam O’Farrill, #1 Rising Star Trumpet by DownBeat’s Critics Poll 2019 and 2021, who is probably not for nothing in this process.
Thomas and Adam met in New York where the saxophonist saw the American trumpet player perform on many occasions. Without further knowledge, Thomas then invited Adam in Belgium for a series of concerts and a possible recording. It was all or nothing in a way. But the chemistry worked from the first notes. The concerts quickly enriched the dialogue and the album naturally saw the light of day.
The band’s music is all about trust and balance, between harmonies and melodies, between laughter and murmurs, between risk-taking and research. The chemistry operates and intuition is at work. Fun is at the heart of both their recording and their concerts. We take an obvious pleasure from these cunning exchanges that are alternatively hot, elegant or spiritual. It is a catalyst of human adventure, the true spirit of jazz.
This cannot be explained, you have to experience it.
Territories: Luxembourg + Germany/Austria/Switzerland
Availability: 1-10 Sep 2022 / 10-16 Oct 2022 / 27 Oct-6 Nov 2022 / on inquiry
Thomas Champagne – saxophone
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
Guillaume Vierset – guitar
Ruben Lamon – double bass
Alain Deval – drums
It's an album that you can listen to over and over again with endless joy.
Le Mad / Le Soir (BE)
A modern record steeped in tradition.
A very successful moment of grace and finesse. I can't wait to hear all this on stage!
The collaboration with O'Farrill is a hit.
The imaginative music of this quintet tells a beautiful story, one that we like to listen to in order to escape our daily routine.
CultureJazz / L'Appeal du disque (FR)
Their nuanced, sophisticated and adventurous music is sure to appeal to music lovers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dragon Jazz (BE)
The music is dense, lively, tender too, and spontaneous.
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