Vers L'azur Noir Joachim Caffonnette Trio

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Label: Neuklang

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Mainstream Jazz

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  • 1Perspectives04:44
  • 2Inner Necessity04:54
  • 3Tripoli's Sorrow04:34
  • 4Hey Jude07:33
  • 5Vers L'azur Noir06:11
  • 6Sugar Man03:59
  • 7A Mawda04:41
  • 8Monk's Dream07:53
  • 9Jax and Reddy07:05
  • Total Runtime51:34

Info for Vers L'azur Noir

Pianist and composer from Brussels, Joachim Caffonnette, introduces his second album as a band leader with VERS L’AZUR NOIR.

Referring to a poem by Rimbaud and the tragedy of migrants who hope to cross the Mediterranean, this album takes us back to one of the most classic yet flexible formations in the history of jazz: the piano trio.

This new production consists of 9 titles, including 6 original compositions by Joachim Caffonnette, two classic rock songs and a cover of Thelonious Monk. The album was recorded in two steps: the first six titles were recorded in November 2017 at Jet Studio, while in September 2018 the last three titles were recorded in Brussels. This was a result of the desire to combine the precision of a studio recording with the spontaneity of a jazz concert.

After the first album as part of the quintet, Joachim met the French musicians, Alex Gibson (b) and Jean-Baptiste Pinet (dr), with whom he felt an instant musical connection. The trio were on tour for a year and a half before they started recording VERS L’AZUR NOIR. This album captures a journey between the harmonic complexity that characterises the work of the composers and the search for the significance of the simplicity of the chosen melodies. The whole work oscillates between written parts (A Mawda, Perspectives, Inner Necessity) and great freedom (Tripoli’s Sorrow, Monk’s Dream).

Joachim Caffonnette, piano
Alex Gilson, bass
Jean-Baptiste Pinet, drums

Joachim Caffonnette
was born on the 4th of July, 1989. There is no pride in that useless fact, but from the point of view of a European jazz musician, it might make sense… Or maybe not. Fruit of the union between a globetrotter avant-garde actress and a passionate father specialized in multi-tasking, Caffonnette’s childhood was spent on tour, in the dressing rooms and behind lighting control desks of countless theatres. At the age of 5, when his mother asked him if he wanted to play an instrument, he chose the piano… God knows why.

Caffonnette started practicing the instrument in a dilettante way, devoting the rest of his time to an eclectic number of activities such as martial arts, drawing, chess, writing, theatre, football, cooking and scouting. Upon entering his teenage years, he discovered jazz music, and aged 14, decided that he wanted to become a jazz pianist.

The assumption might be right or wrong, but it is common thought that deep knowledge of classical music is a huge asset to jazz musicians. Following that belief, Caffonnette enrolled in a classical music high school program where he improved his mastery of the piano and dived into the delights of solfeggio and counterpoint. During his time there, he already suggested personal arrangements to his chamber music teachers and wrote his first compositions, playing them at auditions and exams besides his classical program. ​

After graduating, he entered the jazz class of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where he had the opportunity to study with pianist Eric Legnini among others. When he turned 19, Caffonnette wholeheartedly stepped in the night life of Brussels’ jam sessions, mixing the academic teaching with the good old way of learning jazz by confronting himself to experienced musicians and performing his first concerts. ​

Thanks to his American uncle and his family's friends around the world, he travelled a lot, including several stays in New-York City that allowed him to feed himself with the jazz energy of the big apple. The local media library became his new favorite spot, and he copied on audiotapes tons of albums by Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk or Michel Petrucciani.

Aged 20, blown away by the multiple talents of the New York jazz scene, he attended a workshop in Italy given by various American musicians, including guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. Rosenwinkel’s music, as well as Brad Mehldau’s and Caffonnette’s love for late 19th, early 20th century’s classical music changed the young man into a hard-working composer. He decided to put aside his traditional piano-bass-drum trio for a while and added a saxophone and a guitar to the band’s line-up. From that day on, the quintet would never stop to evolve.

​ Caffonnette practiced his skills on the stages of Brussels’ jazz clubs, especially the famous Sounds Jazz Club. For 3 years in a row, the club offered him an artistic residence, allowing him to play, experiment and learn the job as no conservatories ever could. ​

Relentless in his practice of the jazz standards repertoire, composing, playing and arranging music for all kinds of ensembles of any size, teaching and learning, committed to the associative sector and a strong advocate of the cultural sector, Joachim Caffonnette has mastered his knowledge of composition with Kris Defoort, a teacher that opened his eyes and ears to avant-garde music and the importance of paying attention to details that transcend a musical composition. In 2015, aged 26, he released his first full album, "Simplexity", and since then continues steering his ship into the rough artistic world of the 21st century.

Since June 2018, Caffonnette is also the chairman of "Les Lundis d'Hortense". As a cooking enthusiast, he runs a Facebook page where he shares his own vegan recipes. He also wrote a first novel that will hopefully be published in 2020.

This album contains no booklet.

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