Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Christophe Monniot - Jericho Sinfonia (AYLER RECORDS May 14, 2018)

This recording is a real novelty. Not only chronologically. This is a novelty in the purest sense, in the sense of a genuine rarity. Here Christophe Monniot tries and succeeds in what has been little attempted in recent years in the world of jazz. What does this singularity consist of? We can mention three aspects that characterize it: a concept album, very rich materials and the spiritual dimension.

Inspired by an inner necessity, Christophe Monniot and his collaborators have elaborated a very personal music, even revolutionary, and as such disturbing. It is a music that resists its own reification, it refuses to be an object and presents itself to us as a subject. It engages in an interaction, it solicits an answer and constitutes, by this personal challenge and this respect of the listener, a prophetic and essential voice in jazz today. (from Michel Petrossian’s liner notes)

1. Veni Veni Emmanuel
2. Pré-Hymne
3. Hymne 1 - Fil Rouge
4. Paix Nombres
5. Hymne 2 - Fil Rouge 2
6. Sonne, Heure !
7. Hymne 3
8. Fil Rouge 3
9. Ultime Atome
10. Dans Cité

Christophe Monniot, sopranino & alto saxophones, composition
Sylvie Gasteau, sound design & libretto
Roberto Negro, piano
Valentin Ceccaldi, cello, electric fretless bass, percussion
Adrien Chennebault, drums
Florian Satche, drums, percussion
Guillaume Aknine, electric guitar
Quentin Biardeau, soprano & tenor saxophones
Gabriel Lemaire, alto & barytone saxophones
Jean-Baptiste Lacou, trombone
Alexis Persigan, trombone
Yoann Loustalot, trumpet, cornet
Alan Regardin, trumpet

Recorded at "La Fabrique", Meung-sur-Loire, France.
December 27-30, 2015. Produced by Christophe Monniot.
Recording, mix and mastering by Matthieu Pion.
Cover artwork: Stéphane Berland.