Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Simone




Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor sax)


Abyss (Universal)

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Jacques Schwarz-Bart (tenor sax),

Simone Schwarz-Bart (vocals), Milan Milanovic (piano), Hervé Samb (guitar), Reggie Washington (bass), Sony Troupé & Olivier Juste (percussion)


Composed by Jacques Schwarz-Bart


Recorded: New York, February 2008


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

As Jacques Schwarz-Bart's mother, writer Simone Schwarz-Bart, recites one of her poems written in Creole, her son's tenor soars, backed by the piano, then the percussionists. When the poem is over, the song really begins with the addition of Hervé Samb's guitar and Reggie Washington's electric bass. It has a relaxed Caribbean bounce, and the tenor sax acts as a voice telling a story through a beautifully constructed solo. The percussionists echo the swelling tension that builds while the harmonic instruments maintain a quiet atmosphere, and it's only towards the end that everybody adopts a breakneck tempo, culminating in a trancelike coda. In his recent work, Schwarz-Bart's aim has been to merge his roots in Guadeloupean music with jazz and soul music. With this tune, dedicated to his mother and played by European, African and American musicians, he shows he can avoid the clichés of two of these genres and, as a composer and instrumentalist, propose something fresh that he intends to develop in coming years.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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