NWAYO (pronounced n-wah-yo) is a Haitian Creole word that refers to the hardest part of the fruit, or the core, and aptly represents Jean’s deep reflection while creating her most recent body of work. Through compositions and arrangements, Jean passionately reveals her personal narrative and explores the fusion between tradition and modernity by blending jazz with Haitian rhythms and tonalities.
The recording showcases a diverse repertoire that is not often captured in a single recording. Her velvety alto is creating a powerful sense of emotion and liberation that transcends language barriers.
I’m In The Mood For Love
Ti Kwazo Kote Ou Prale?
Kouto De Bo
(Reprise) Ti Kwazo Kote Ou Prale
Pauline Jean: vocals, bandleader, composer
Alex Tosca Laugart: piano
Jonathan Michel: acoustic & electric bass
Obed Calvaire: drums
Godwin Louis: alto saxophone
Jean Caze: trumpet, flugelhorn, shell horn
Jean Mary Brignol: Haitian traditional drum
Markus Schwartz: Haitian traditional drum, percussion
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