Daniel Humair: Blanc Cassé


Blanc Cassé


Daniel Humair (drums)


Baby Boom (Sketch SKE 333034)

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Daniel Humair (drums),

Christophe Monniot (alto & sopranino saxes), Matthieu Donarier (tenor sax), Manu Codjia (guitar), Sébastien Boisseau (bass)


Composed by Christophe Monniot


Recorded: Pernes-les–Fontaines, France, January 16-17, 2003


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Fundamentally this is a blues, but nobody is going to mistake the band playing it for one with roots in Chicago or Memphis. Nor even, for that matter, downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn. These musicians are obviously European, yet have a good knowledge of this music's history. Daniel Humair himself – leader and eldest member of the band – has often played the blues with American musicians in past decades. But now Humair has chosen younger partners (hence the band's name) to help him look for a specifically European way to carry on a legacy that now belongs to the whole wide world. Some may call Baby Boom's approach intellectual, but others will hear musicians who are busy searching, off the beaten commercial track. And isn't it what most jazz musicians have always done, regardless of nationality?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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