" I want to play with musicians without limits. I want to be able to write everything and make sure it's going to sound. " J.-P.
Jean-Paul Estievenart Quintet
"Strange Bird" feat. Logan Richardson
NOVEMBER 2019, Outnote Records
(c) Kris Dewitte @ The Hotel. Brussels
Jean-Paul Estiévenart (trumpet)
Romain Pilon (guitar)
Nicola Andrioli (piano)
Nic thys (double bass)
Antoine Pierre (drums)
+Guest on the album: Logan Richardson (saxophone)
'The new tradition' Vers L'Avenir
Acoustic, lyrical, enveloping jazz.
'Strange Bird is a musical representation of myself.
With this album, you can travel inside my head.' - Jean-Paul.
This is Jean-Paul Estiévenart’s second personal project, which plunges us into a wholly new universe, very different from his trio’s. Here he has chosen harmonic instruments (piano, guitar) to set the « sound stage » for his trumpet. But as usual, his writing is deeply autobiographical, and the intense interpretation by the members of the quintet reinforces the strength of these stories told without words.
Jean-Paul wants us to feel his passion, his anger, his joy. And he invited his fellow musicians on this album for one reason among others : their capacity to be « in the moment » and to commit themselves to nothing but Music.
Jean-Paul tells us about what he knows best : himself. The tracks on Strange Bird are a voyage to the centre of his life, but above all an invitation to give ourselves up to the power of our emotions, enhanced by music.
(Translated into English by Patrick Pierre)
What the press says about Strange Bird
'(...) disque d’une rare élégance. (...) Chaque composition du leader procure l’espace nécessaire pour que les musiciens, tous remarquables, puissent s’épancher. Le jeu d’Estiévenart, evanescent, rond et mélancolique dans Bert’s Sketch, devient dynamique et intense dans Sshhh!!! - échos d’un Bert Joris auquel il rend hommage, mais aussi du quintette de Miles Davis avec Wayne Shorter.'
CHOC Jazz Magazine (FR)
'Within the traditional formula of an acoustic quintet, he manages to transform his pure melodies into pieces of contemporary improvisation, bursting in all directions. The result will appeal to jazzfans from the 50s and 60s as well as to melodic music lovers.' Vers L'Avenir (BE)
'He knows how to draw the intersection between the past and the present of Jazz in a purely acoustic way.' Jazzenzo (BE)
'Estiévenart, who wrote all the music, gives a lot of space to the members of his group. But in the end, he himself makes the greatest impression: subtle trumpet player, strong compositions.' De Standaard (BE)
'And whoever thought it was only harmony and melody would be disappointed. Improvisation always plays a leading role in the music of this incredible Belgian trumpet player.' Jazz Nu (NL)