Orchestre National De Jazz - Europa Rome
This is the French National Jazz Orchestra - on this recording a 10 piece band - who have a revolving cast of artistic directors.
This is a frighteningly good, stunningly complex album of electric jazz that is on the level of complexity, especially rhythmically of someone like Albert Marcoeur or Arrigo Barnabe, if either of those two were writing 'jazz' (which this barely qualifies as, but that's a conversation for another day).
Lots of great stuff going on at fairly blinding speed and those who know my enthusiasm for avant-progressive and envelope-pushing that doesn't completely lose the melodic thread (well, at least *I* don't think so), will be enchanted by this. Really!
OLIVIER BENOIT direction artistique
JEAN DOUSTEYSSIER clarinettes
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL saxophones ténor et soprano
HUGUES MAYOT saxophone ténor
FIDEL FOURNEYRON trombone
FABRICE MARTINEZ trompette, bugle, piccolo
THÉO CECCALDI violon
SOPHIE AGNEL piano
PAUL BROUSSEAU Fender Rhodes, effets
DIDIER ASCHOUR guitare
SYLVAIN DANIEL basse électrique
ERIC ECHAMPARD batterie
- LabelONJ Records