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«Momentos Alhambra Jazz» SEAMUS BLAKE FRENCH CONNECTION presenta “Guardians Of The Heart Machine”

08:30 pm - 09:45 pm
Anticipada: 15€ / Taquilla: 18€

El saxofonista Seamus Blake presenta con su French Connection el disco “Guardians Of The Heart Machine”.

  • Seamus Blake SAXO
  • Tony Tixier PIANO
  • Florent Nisse CONTRABAJO
  • Gautier Garrigue BATERÍA

El saxofonista Seamus Blake vuelve a Bogui Jazz acompañado de su French Connection, que incluye a algunos de los músicos más sobresalientes de la esfera parisina, todos ellos con una gran proyección internacional. Este consolidado cuarteto presenta su nuevo disco, Guardians of the Heart Machine (Whirlwind Recordings, 2019).

Residente en Nueva York desde principios de los años noventa, Seamus Blake es uno de los mejores exponentes del jazz contemporáneo y uno de los más destacados protagonistas de su generación; es decir, la de los Mark Turner, Donny McCaslyn, Chris Cheek, David Binney, Bill McHenry, etc., grandes artífices de los últimos veinticinco años. Como tal, ha conseguido reconocimiento por su madurez compositiva e impresionante sonido y fraseo, ambos absolutamente reconocibles para cualquier buen aficionado.

Bake tiene diecisiete álbumes editados como líder o colíder y más de setenta como colaborador de grandes músicos: Dave Douglas, Eric Reed, Ethan Iverson, Bill Steward, Kevin Hays, Wayne Shorter o Herbie Hancock, entre otros.

El pianista Tony Tixier, también residente en Nueva York, está alcanzando grandes cotas de popularidad entre las figuras emergentes del jazz. Su último CD, Life of Sensitive Creatures, con el contrabajista Harish Raghavan y Tommy Crane en la batería, es una impresionante demostración de su talento y creatividad.

En 2015, tocó en el Radio City Music Hall del NBC Channel como pianista para el programa de televisión America’s Got Talent, en el que fue compositor y arreglista. En 2014, recomendado por Jason Moran, Tony Tixier protagonizó un trabajo para la artista Janet Cardiff. Este proyecto formó parte del programa inaugural de la Fundación Louis Vuitton Paris (arquitecto Frank Gehry).
En 2012, se unió al sello Space Time Record, para el que grabó Dream Pursuit, un álbum con su cuarteto American Dream Pursuit (Justin Brown, Logan Richardson y Earl Burniss Travis). Fue disco revelación para la revista Jazz Magazine.

Completan el cuarteto el creativo contrabajista Florent Nisse, colaborador de Yaron Herman, Logan Richardson, Gilad Hekselman, Marcus Strickland, Didier Lockwood o Michel Portal, y el baterista Gautier Garrigue, que ha tocado últimamente con destacados músicos de la escena parisina como Gaël Horellou, Émile Parisien, Michel Portal, Christian Scott, Ben van Gelder, Eric Legnini, Chris Cheek, Jakob Bro, Rick Margitza o el Gil Evans Atelier Paris, liderado por Laurent Cugny.

El Seamus Blake de siempre con un gran cuarteto, presentando un interesante disco para que podamos disfrutar de sus atractivos y elaborados solos.



Guardians of the Heart Machine – the debut Whirlwind release from tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake – symbolizes and protects the importance of creating music with feeling, blending his considerable experience in contemporary jazz with three exciting players originally from the French scene – pianist Tony Tixier, double bassist Florent Nisse and drummer Gautier Garrigue.

Born in London, raised in Vancouver, and a student of Berklee, Blake has released eight albums as leader and contributed to numerous other recordings. Back in 2002 as winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, he delighted in playing alongside Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Heralded as one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation, his extensive career has included collaborations with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Douglas, Antonio Sanchez, Michael Brecker; and as a member of John Scofield’s Quiet Band, the guitarist hailed him as “extraordinary – a total saxophonist.”

The ‘French Connection’ concept was pitched – specifically with Tixier, Nisse and Garrigue in mind – by jazz aficionado Olivier Saez, recalls Blake: “He was interested in hearing me alongside some younger, top-of-the-line French musicians. Olivier passionately puts his time and energy into music, and I was blown away by his organization and generosity when we toured France and Spain. I enjoyed how the quartet worked together, prompting us to then record over two days at Studio de Meudon, Paris.”

Blake wrote and arranged especially for these artists: “My idea was to bridge what I consider elements of European and American styles, writing music I like to play, but also with a European sensibility, including classical harmony and certain types of groove. I envisioned the strengths of each of the band members, having already toured with them. They’re versatile and adept, with the foundation, openness and energy to head in different directions; so their creative contributions became part of the spirit of the record.”

That verve is evident in the title track, whose anthemic drive and melodic hooks are informed by Blake’s indie-rock interest; and the loping gait of ‘Vaporbabe’ was inspired by the 9/8 hand-drum and clapping rhythms of a street band in Istanbul. Furtive ‘Sneaky D’ confirms the saxophonist’s penchant for strong melody, sparking off his rhythm section’s vitality, while Eddie del Barrio’s ‘I’m OK’ echoes the lusciousness of Stan Getz and Kenny Barron’s recording, Blake enjoying the space to solo on its elegant changes. Bristling ‘Lanota’ (read it backwards) extends the band’s sense of exploratory freedom, as does ‘Wandering Aengus’, taking WB Yeats’ poem as inspiration to traverse different key centres. Lively samba, ‘Betty in Rio’ (a contrefact on Benny Golson’s slow-swinging ‘Along Came Betty’) leads to Tixier’s amiable, countryfied ‘Blues for the Real Human Beings’; and ‘The Blasted Heath’ closes with Blake’s oblique observation of humanity’s impact on our planet.

“For me, jazz is essentially about improvising and the beauty of a solo”, explains Seamus Blake. “But while I grew up with and studied a lot of mainstream and traditional jazz, I also like to integrate and involve elements from outside of that world – so it’s refreshing to work with these younger guys.”


«Nine tracks showcase a cast iron technique underpinning improvisatory flights aided and abetted by a first-rate rhythm section.» Bebop Spoken Here.

“Dazzling improvisations, magnificent arrangements… A dynamic vision of contemporary hard bop… Simply splendid… A must listen.” Radio REC.

«The saxophonist [Blake] himself is on top form throughout, showing the dazzlingly complete technique, passionate delivery and unique grasp of harmony that’s made his influence so audible in a generation of younger players.».Jazz Views.


Entrada Anticipada: 15€
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