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Mazel Tov Cocktail Party!

David Krakauer

Contemporary Jazz - To be released February 25, 2022 | Label Bleu

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Heteroklite Lockdown

Henri Texier

Jazz - To be released January 28, 2022 | Label Bleu

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Tribe from the Ashes

Ji Dru

Contemporary Jazz - Released October 15, 2021 | Label Bleu

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Thélonius et Lola (Bande originale du spectacle)

Eric Slabiak

Musical Theatre - Released July 6, 2021 | Label Bleu

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Hors temps

Edward Perraud

Contemporary Jazz - Released April 2, 2021 | Label Bleu

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MP85

Michel Portal

Contemporary Jazz - Released March 5, 2021 | Label Bleu

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Like it says on the tin: Michel Portal is 85! But time has never managed to curb the desires and the creative madness of this artist who guards a no man's land between jazz, contemporary music and everything else. Portal has always prized unexpected or unlikely encounters. Blurring the lines. Magnifying the differences. Building on the margins. After ten years of discographic silence (Baïlador dates from 2011), the clarinettist embarks here his band with the cast of fire (Bojan Z on piano and keyboards, Nils Wogram on trombone and Bruno Chevillon on double bass) in an explosive improvisation which was inspired by the backdrop of the pandemic."This record was made under very special conditions, after two long months of lockdown. I and the members of my new quintet found ourselves in the studios of Label Bleu, eager for music but with mixed feeling of joy, fear of the virus and involuntary distrust of others, who were suddenly relegated to the status of "threatening strangers". As if it were a matter of each of us re-establishing the right distances from the world and from each other, music was created in the present tense over these few days of recording, by moving it between one another with a true collective intensity. It is this fundamental movement of opening up that, I believe, gives the music on this record its colour and direction – like a gradual return to life. What we have all sought here together was a way of re-finding the élan and carefree spirit of playing music, the simple joy of sharing something vivid and explosive in the moment: this faculty that music possesses, when we take it sufficiently seriously and with a light-enough heart, of breaking down all the walls between us!"Walls which can also be borders. MP85 erases them and moves from Africa (African Wind) to Armenia (Armenia) to the Basque Country (Euskal Kantua). The music is so tightly-made that we can close our eyes and follow the artists around the world in 50 minutes. Whether the improvisation is tinged with a certain melancholy (Armenia) or whether it's more lively, (Jazzoulie), Michel Portal's gang makes one forget the pandemic's deadening interruption. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Papier ciseau

Roberto Negro

Contemporary Jazz - Released November 13, 2020 | Label Bleu

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He’s not the only one taking jazz in new directions, though Roberto Negro’s unique technique sure does push the boundaries of a genre that sometimes seems a little coded. He has his own sound. His own voice. His own style. As the album opens, you’d be forgiven for thinking he had limited resources. His toolbox seems almost empty. And then suddenly, the magic kicks in. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Papier ciseau. It sounds like the soundtrack to a strange dream. A nightmare even. One with lots of layers (childhood, literature, cinema, fantasy, the city, space...) where anything is possible. Really, anything. It’s a world governed by balance, a concept that has always fascinated him. He jumps into the void with saxophonist Émile Parisien, bassist Valentin Ceccaldi and drummer Michele Rabbia. The playful title refers to the playground game rock-paper-scissors, setting the tone for the record. Negro owes as much to Gabriel Fauré’s music as he does to Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, Nino Rota, John Zorn, Chilly Gonzales and Lennie Tristano, his idol. More of a composer and improviser than a jazzman, Roberto Negro flies over the landscapes, following chamber music sequences up with electro jingles. Yes, electronic sounds sometimes brighten up this crazy symphony. The atmosphere changes and morphs throughout; it’s oppressive on Toot, turning playful and comical on Apotheke. The pianist was born in Turin, grew up in Kinshasa, studied in Chambery and settled in Paris, so it’s hardly surprising that his sound is multifaceted. Like a Martial Solal on acid, Roberto Negro unveils his most ambitious record yet with Papier ciseau. A one-of-a-kind album that gets more and more fascinating every time you listen to it. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Chance

Henri Texier

Contemporary Jazz - Released February 28, 2020 | Label Bleu

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Taking frequent trips to Henri Texier’s inspirational planet is sensible and an absolute necessity. Texier is one of France’s most respected bass players and this hot new album is here to remind us that his music is like a marketplace, full of life and people. The album features the musician’s long-term friends and collaborators (Sébastien Texier, Vincent Lê Quang, Manu Codjia, and Gautier Garrigue). It also touches on many of the themes and values that he cherishes, as shown in the songs’ symbolic titles (Cinecitta, Simone et Robert - for Simone Veil and Robert Badinter, and Pina B - for Pina Bausch). The album is entitled Chance (Luck) and for Texier it is about being lucky: “Lucky for being here today, for having played with so many marvelous musicians, for having shared so much with inspired artists who trusted me and taught me their arts. Lucky for having had enough energy to feel the freedom, excitement, weightlessness, and fullness of jazz music. Lucky for always keeping a warm and dedicated audience around me. Lucky for having been able to conduct my artistic projects freely, in particular those recorded, filmed, photographed, and illustrated by Philippe Teissier du Cros, Guy Le Querrec, and Christophe Rémy. Lucky for having been able to work with Sébastien Texier, Vincent Lê Quang, Manu Codjia (insanely good on Cinecitta!), and Gautier Garrigue. They are all brilliant and inspired musicians—thanks to whom I can still explore the new territories of this rich and emotional music. Lucky, finally, for having, after all these years, only very few regrets.” Is everything said? Not totally. The listener will also be lucky. Lucky to spend 54 minutes immersed in this plural and collective jazz trip. Henri Texier is a musician even more than a bass player and he thinks of his music as such, with a true sense of narrative. Exquisite. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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The Pain

Ji Dru

Contemporary Jazz - Released February 7, 2020 | Label Bleu

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Dichotomie's

Daniel Zimmermann

Contemporary Jazz - Released November 15, 2019 | Label Bleu

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Western

Ji Dru

Vocal Jazz - Released January 31, 2020 | Label Bleu

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Together We Stand

Abraham Inc.

Funk - Released September 20, 2019 | Label Bleu

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Together We Stand

Abraham Inc.

Funk - Released July 19, 2019 | Label Bleu

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Vive la France

Das Kapital

Contemporary Jazz - Released February 1, 2019 | Label Bleu

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Gonifo Bourama

Bamba Wassoulou Groove

Africa - Released September 28, 2018 | Label Bleu

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Espaces

Edward Perraud

Contemporary Jazz - Released September 21, 2018 | Label Bleu

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Tendance jazz 2018

Various Artists

Contemporary Jazz - Released April 5, 2018 | Label Bleu

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Henri Texier Short Cuts

Henri Texier

Contemporary Jazz - Released March 30, 2018 | Label Bleu

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Sand Woman

Henri Texier

Contemporary Jazz - Released February 2, 2018 | Label Bleu

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More active than ever, Henri Texier plays around with revisiting the past. With Sand Woman, the double bass player mostly sifts through his recordings from the 70s, his JMS Records era. With a quintet as inspired as ever, composed of guitarist Manu Codjia (impressive in his improvisations), drummer Gauthier Garrigue, saxophonists Vincent Lê Quang and his son Sébastien, he revisits his old themes like Amir and Les là-bas. Also on the menu of this celebration of exploration and bifurcation, there are more recent compositions. But the result is still very consistent, as Texier remains a leader who always ensures that his accomplices express themselves. At last, Sand Woman will also remind you that the man is a great composer (Hungry Man) as well as a great sound producer (the ten-minute long Indians). © MZ/Qobuz
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Saison 3

Roberto Negro

Contemporary Jazz - Released October 20, 2017 | Label Bleu

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