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"Jean-Philippe Grégoire/Sounds from the Delta:
In which we find a heavy hitting French guitar man deciding he wants a bite of the big apple and is willing to leave his substantial notoriety behind to go for it. Chops are transplantable and it should be a short sprint for him to get his flag planted here as deep as it was in France. A top notch fusion date with his ax leading the charge, Gregoire doesn't need to apprentice here anymore. Right in the pocket with all your guitar/fusion faves, this is a new stunner to perk up tired ears. Well done."
"Paris has long been a mecca for jazz and the jazz artist. And French guitarist-composer Jean-Philippe Grégoire’s debut album for Big Round Records, Sounds From the Delta, is testimony to the continuing dynamism of the Parisian jazz scene. It is an album with a distinctive sound, drawing inspiration from genres as diverse as blues and classical.
Working with a quartet featuring saxophonist Baptiste Herbin, bassist Martin Guimbellot, and drummer Nicolas Charlier, Grégoire has put together a 10-track program focusing, with two interesting exceptions, on his own original compositions. It was recorded at Studio Les Egreffins in Videlles, France on May 21, 2012, a good year for the composer, since it was also in 2012 that he was awarded a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Listening to this music from that period, it was a scholarship clearly well deserved.
The foursome opens with a hard driving tune called “No Te Preocupes,” before moving into the album’s title song, a piece that is almost a melodic variation on the iconic “Goodnight Ladies.” “Histology” is a short bop piece with Herbin showing his mettle. They slow down for a noir sounding “Azer-Tyu-lop.” (...).
“One for Mr. K” has Laurent Fikelson guesting on piano, and a lot of fine solo work from the front line. Jean-Charles Richard joins them on the soprano sax for a kind of spacey “Time Crunch.” “Unresolved” follows with an even more other worldly sound. It seems to show a whole other side to the composer. “Vittorio (R. I. P.),” as the title suggests, is a dirge-like lament.
The set concludes with Grégoire’s arrangements of Debussy’s “Claire de Lune,” a compelling piece of work, and “Just Friends,” the Klenner and Lewis standard.
Dividing his time now between Boston, New York, and France, Jean-Philippe Grégoire is a name you’ll want to remember."
"If there are two words we would use to describe Jean-Philippe Gregoire's guitar playing those words would be...smooth and fluid. This cool fellow has been making music in Paris, France for many years. And now, on his debut release for the Big Round label, he seems poised to transfer some of his success to the United States and beyond. Gregoire's music combines elements from rock, jazz, progressive, blues, and even classical music.(...) If you love guitars, there's a good chance you'll go ape over this one. Our favorite cuts include "No Te Preocupes," "One For Mr. K," "Unresolved," and "Just Friends."
"Grégoire is an outstanding jazz guitarist with a lovely tone and he leaves his mark on every track. That said, his band are no slouches and he gives them plenty of room to shine. Take the first track "No Te Preocupes" as a prime example. Herbin's sax work is stellar here and Grégoire's guitar has such a nice tone, sounding like electric piano in spots. Certainly a nice start to the album. The bluesy title track is more sparse, with subtle drumming and a nice guitar and sax solo. Guimbellot really makes his presence felt on the bass. "Histology" is a short rollicking up-tempo track with guitar and sax taking the lead while "Azer-Tyu-Iop" is slower and more sultry with a smoky jazz club flavour. "One For Mr. K" is more upbeat with lovely piano and another stylish solo from Grégoire. In the album's latter half Grégoire does a nice job providing his own arrangements to a couple of classics, Debussy's "Clair De Lune" and "Just Friends", originally penned by Klenner and Lewis.
Grégoire has produced a fine jazz album with Sounds From The Delta. The melodies are sweet and sultry and the playing is top notch by all involved. A classy record indeed."
"On his debut Big Round Records release SOUNDS FROM THE DELTA the guitarist/composer presents a refined and inspired hybrid of French and American Jazz styles (…)Grégoire’s works show a diverse compositional style ranging from driving and syncopated driving structures to smooth and swaying melodic textures.
But even the slower-tempo pieces peak with high energy improvisations, pulling influences from his rock, blues, and classical roots which combine to form a singular fusion."
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"The mixture of sameness and difference is a large part of what jazz is all about, and composer-guitarist Jean-Philippe Grégoire – who studied classical music before moving into the jazz realm – fully understands the medium’s hybrid elements. He understands how to create stylistic hybrids, too, mixing French and American jazz styles on a Big Round Records release called Sounds from the Delta. The 10 tracks here have some classical influence – some rock and blues elements, too, for that matter – but all ultimately fit within the jazz milieu. Some are rhythmically intense, driven and highly syncopated in ways that look back past jazz classics all the way to ragtime. Others are slow in tempo and sinuous in sound, but tend to turn into speedier improvisational tours de force before they conclude.(...)The performers work well together and seem to enjoy the variations and back-and-forths that permeate Grégoire’s music, which has an attractive vibrancy that contrasts nicely with passages of some delicacy and intimacy."
"In the realm of modern jazz guitar we have the entrance of Jean-Philippe Gregoire, a player of excellent abilities. His album Sounds from the Delta (Big Round 8935) gives us a telling portrait of his playing, his composing and a very capable band that stays with and matches him for getting it together.
Baptiste Herbin is a swinging hard-charging man on tenor and other saxes; Martin Guimbellot has strong contrabass tone and a rock steady sense of time and harmonic dynamics; Nicolas Charlier plays some nicely swinging, loosely inventive drums.
The title no doubt refers to Jean-Philippe's New Orleans roots? No, this is not Delta blues, though there is a bluesiness to Gregoire's playing. Rather, it is cutting-edge hard- and post-bop contemporary jazz. It doesn't matter what the title means because the music is pretty great !
The tunes are very good, all Gregoire originals except the couple of standards, one by Debussy. And they set the table for the "blowing meal" well.
Gregoire has roots in classic bop guitarists and brings it all up-to-date with his own synthesis. Whether a ballad or an up-tempo stormer, Jean-Philippe has an excellent lining and chording sense that manages to be his own though deeply rooted. He is something to hear! Herbin is right up there with smart and very musical fire and tenderness, so there is never a lag.
"Jazz di ottima fattura, quello offertoci dal quartetto capeggiato dal chitarrista Jean-Philippe Grégoire, autore di quasi tutti i brani qui eseguiti. A dominare la scena sono soprattutto lo stesso Grégoire e il sassofonista Baptiste Herbin, impegnati ad imbastire dialoghi serrati cui il bassista Martin Guimbellot e il batteristaNicholas Charlier forniscono un supporto ritmico misurato ma incisivo. Anche nei pezzi lenti, improntati a un lirismo nient’affatto banale, l’interplay è molto affiatato, garantendoci anche qui un ascolto godibilissimo. Ma non è tutto. In alcuni brani sezioni lente e veloci si alternano con discreta imprevedibilità, ma studiato equilibrio; basso a batteria a tratti rubano la scena a sax e chitarra, i quali recuperano con improvvisazioni trascinanti ma mai debordanti; energia ritmica e sviluppo melodico convivono felicemente. Si presti particolare attenzione alla magnifica rilettura del Debussyniano chiaro di luna, per capire cosa intendo."