June 2, 2008

Renaud Garcia-Fons - Navigatore

(2001)
The most amazing double bass player of our times, Renaud Garcia-Fons is known for his overwhelming virtuosity, his Mediterranean melodic sense and his viola-like con-arco sound. A student of the legendary Syrian bassist François Rabbath, Garcia-Fons is not only influenced by jazz and classical music, but also by flamenco, new musette, tango, Bretonian, Andalusian, African, Latin American, Arabic and Indian traditions. His unique artistry led to many exciting and successful collaborations with other open-minded players like Rabih Abou-Khalil, Michael Riessler, Dhafer Youssef, Nguyên Lê, Gérard Marais, Pedro Soler and Michel Godard.In the tradition of his visionary album "Oriental Bass" of 1997, Garcia-Fons' joyful east-western synthesis comes to a climax on "Navigatore" that features 22 different players in a string of powerful original compositions. An epic and compelling ensemble music, "Navigatore" displays a wide spectrum of moods and grooves using even Spanish, Bretonian, Arabic and Indian instruments. Says Garcia-Fons: "Each composition tells a story - the story of a life, a round trip - somehow as if we would pass successively through several existences in time and place. In the sequence of these 12 compositions I have tried to evoke memories of imaginary lives which happened in the orient and the occident, yesterday and before yesterday. The double bass personifies a voice with different shadings - a voice of a being in transition.
Part1 & Part2

Chris Hayward flutes
Yves Favre trombone
Jean-Louis Matinier accordion
Kudsi Erguner ney
Karim Ziad gumbri
Rabah Khalfa derbouka, carcabas
Bruno Caillat tablas, dâf
Patrice Héral drums
Pierre Hamon bagpipes, recorder
Françoise Couvert violin
Franck Pichon violin
Bruno Sansalone clarinet
Laurent Malet fluegelhorn
Claire Antonini lute, târ, saz a. m.
Hakan Gungor kanoun
Dahmane Khalfa carcabas, tbel a. m.
Adel Shams El Dine rek
Jorge Trasante drums, bombo a. m.
Franck Tortiller marimba, gongs a.m.
Antonio Ruiz "Kiko" flamenco guitar
Philippe Couvert violin
Renaud Garcia-Fons 5-string bass

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68 comments:

doron said...

I realy like him. end even have other recordings he made, but "the greatest double bass player of our time?

How about William Parker? Daniel humair?

Anonymous said...

RGF is a pure mediocrity. William Parker is the most tediously unimaginative bassist of the couple of decades. Daniel Humair is a drummer.

Listen to Barry Guy's 1991solo "Fizzles" if you want to hear the finest musical imagination and individual technique modern bass-playing.

James

krysol said...

Estupendo blog...gracias Maxime.
Un abrazo fraterno
KrySol

Anonymous said...

It's always a pleasure listening to RGF, thanks for sharing this gem.

Anonymous said...

@ the guy deeming RGF "pure mediocrity": you are clearly an idiot of tremendous proportions, with absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about what makes a great musician/great music.

and barry guy? i mean, nothing against some good "free form" stuff now and then, but why compare oranges with apples? honestly?

jesus christ, what a pretentious asswipe.

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