Sunday, September 9, 2007

" The trio and the griot " Romano, Sclavis, Texier & Le Querrec

Four major personalities of the French jazz history have imagined the third chapter of an adventure started ten years ago. In 1990, Guy Maurette, founder of “Jazz sous les manguiers”, which then became “The Jazz Week in Brazzaville”, decided to organize a French musicians tour. Guy le Querrec, one of his old friends, suggested to bring together three major French jazz musicians: Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis and Henri Texier. This idea became a reality and our three musicians were soon for three weeks on the road in six Central African countries.
In order to keep a memory of these moments and of this original band, Guy Le Querrec and the trio imagined a record with a booklet including about fifty photos of the two journeys. This album, the first of this exceptional trio, was released in May 1995 and includes original compositions of each artist, especially written for the band. “Carnet de Routes” has been particularly successful.

Three years later, the four decided to renew the experience, this time in South and East Africa. The “trio and the griot”, as they were called, thus recorded a second opus ‘Suite Africaine’ with a sumptuous photo-book. With a great elegance and a lot of humility, they offer with it a music marked by the atmosphere of different countries, proving that their music is in constant evolution and fed by an exchange of culture.

Over the past years, the concerts of this trio around the world added a few pages to this ‘African novel”. And they came to the idea of recording a third and last album. As a testimony and essential actor of the project from the start, Guy Le Querrec was the indispensable intermediary for African cultures and traditions. His numerous trips to Africa over the past thirty years deeply influenced the content of the trio’s journeys.

This third chapter of the Romano, Sclavis, Texier- Le Guerrec project tells us about thirty years of photo -reportages on the African continent, the musicians playing according to original pictures of Le Querrec’s private archives. Each musician selected four images for his composition among a pre-selection by Guy Le Querrec. The album will be offered with a booklet containing over hundred photos.

A tribute by an exceptional trio to the people, which ‘gave birth’ to it. A tribute of three musicians to their friend and most faithful photographic witness.

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