More than Jazz
from 29 June to 2 August 2012
Previous Jazz in Montauban festivals
31th year of the festival
Throughout his career Ahmad Jamal has met several iconic figures like Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Laster Young, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker or Bud Powell. “Ahmad Jamal is like a historical monument: the Jazz' History almost by himself”. He is one of the pioneers of modal improvisation. This technique was adopted and developed by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. Ahmad Jamal is the kind of pianist we recognize as soon as we hear the first notes. He throws straight musical attacks like a boxer, fast and accurate. Then he grants himself times of withdrawal and breaths, giving the impression that he wants to work better on his subject. That is why his music is beautiful and moving, it constantly flirts with the unexpected.
With the release of her first chart-topping single « Down on my knees » in 2006, Ayo's fresh and powerful melody won right away the heart of the public. Her new album conveys the earnest dancing grace of a musician whose main credo is constant evolution. Ayo explains, “This third album is more straight to the point, drier in a way, more simple. It has this rock feeling to it because of the electric guitars.” Far from any kind of trendy dictate, free from any featuring showbiz or diva attitude, Ayo stands out as a universal artist, an utterly sincere singer with a genuine heart.
The four times awarded singer who comes from Carcassonne, South of France, has decided to make a musical break and have fun with the 17 musicians of the Red Star Orchestra. Although it is the first time the singer take part in a jazz project, she usually sings what is called here “French Music”, it appears her voice and energy perfectly fit the music genre. From “Sing Sing Sing” to Marilyn Monroe's famous “The More I See You”, her technique is perfect and her swing so refreshing. Now if you are curious to discover jazz music with some South French accent, Olivia is the one you need!
The author of one of the greatest hits of 2010 “I Need A Dollar”, Aloe Blacc, along with Raphael Saadiq and some other artists, is the embodiment of American Soul music. In love with music fusions, he admits being inspired by “Hip Hop, Jazz, Salsa, Soul, Funk, R&B, Folk, Rock...” . A bit retro, vintage but also jazzy, the musical world of Aloe Blacc is also very unique. On stage, the singer dressed in a three-piece suit like the Motown's stars, brings together the strong horns, the funky guitars and an incredible rhythm for an irresistible live moment.see opinions on the artist
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