Erik Truffaz 4tet
@ the Love Supreme Jazz Festival
2 July 2016
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Soundscape explorer Erik Truffaz entered the public consciousness
at the turn of the millennium with a repertoire grounded in jazz
and branching off into rock, funk and even urban electronica. The
French trumpeter has since earned a place among the new jazz elite,
crafting modern, imaginative musical atmospheres out of a minimum
Born in 1960, trumpeter Erik Truffaz grew up listening to his
father play saxophone and joined him on the bandstand at age ten.
As a teenager, the young musician heard Miles Davis’ opus,
“Kind Of Blue,” which inspired him to set off for the
Geneva Conservatoire shortly after. While there, Truffaz played
in the Orchestre de Suisse Romande and a few cover bands. In 1990,
he formed his own outfit, Orange, which won France’s prestigious
Prix Special the following year.
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Heading up his self-named band, the artist delved into more experimental
material with a trio of European releases, starting with the well-received
“Out of a Dream” in 1997. His American debut came in
2000 with “The Mask,” followed by “Revisité”
(2001), a dance music remix of the album, and “Mantis”
(2002) - all of which were released on the famed Blue Note label.
Atmospheric and richly textured, Truffaz's compositions have been
described as “sound collage.” Indeed, he is often likened
to Miles Davis for his avant-garde approach to jazz fusion. Integrating
drum n’ bass and hip-hop into his music, Truffaz is clearly
unafraid of pushing the boundaries of his instrument.
In 2008, the ever-evolving trumpeter released “Rendez-Vous,”
a series of musical postcards from the far-flung destinations of
Paris, Benares and Mexico City.
For “In Between,” released in 2010, he reunited with
the members of his quartet and collaborated with singer-songwriter
Sophie Hunter on two songs.
In October 2012, Truffaz unveiled material from his new album
“El Tiempo de la revolución” as part of a Jazz
All-Year Round series concert. Four years later, he released the
album “Doni Doni,” colored with new inspiration and
influences taken from a scenic collaboration with the South African
danse company VUYANI. Opening up to African sounds, he invited two
renowned voices to this recording: Rokia Traoré and Oxmo