New York - Paris Reunion Quintet
EUROPEAN TOUR - MAY 2021
New York has been the world capital of jazz since decades, most of my heroes lived and played there and it still represents the biggest jazz scene worldwide. I still remember the last days of August 2007 when I first came to NY and had the chance to listen to my idols such as Cedar Walton, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, and many more. Paris has a great history for jazz music as well, it was the first place in Europe to present American jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker or Miles Davis, and some of the giants like Bud Powell or Dexter Gordon even stayed and lived there for a certain period. Obviously there has been a strong connection between New York and Paris ever since and our quintet is indeed a reunion of these two major jazz scenes: Joe Magnarelli and Jeb Patton live in New York, Dmitry Baevsky in both cities and Fabien Marcoz and I live in Paris.
NEW ALBUM on FRESH SOUND (February 2021)
Joe Magnarelli has been one of the world's leading trumpeters for three decades. He moved to New York in 1986 and has worked since then with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Buddy Rich Band, Maria Schneider, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many more. He has a long-standing musical partnership with Dmitry Baevsky and Jeb Patton, the arrangements of our band have been worked out over many years. Born in St. Petersburg, Dmitry Baevsky moved to New York in 1996 to study at the famous New School and has since become an integral part of the New York jazz scene. Jeb Patton is one of the outstanding pianists of the younger generation. He studied with Sir Roland Hanna and Jimmy Heath and is a permanent member of the "Heath Brothers" and the "Jimmy Heath Generations Quintet" since then. Further, he worked with Etta Jones, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash, Steve Nelson, Jimmy Cobb, Jackie McLean, Frank Wess, James Moody... His personal, swinging style, presents the entire history of jazz piano from Art Tatum through Phineas Newborn to Cedar Walton.
I met Joe, Dmitry and Jeb on various concerts over the last years, and our bassist Fabien Marcoz when I moved to Paris in 2012. Fabien is one of the finest bassists in Europe and he has accompanied many international soloists in his career, including giants such as Harold Mabern.
The repertoire of the band follows the timeless “Blue Note” recordings, including a nice variety of classics by masters such as Lee Morgan or Sam Jones, some well-known standards and two originals by Joe Magnarelli and Jeb Patton. The compositions require strong section playing on the heads by Joe and Dmitry, supported by an active rhythm-section, and provide the perfect ground for extensive soloing for all the band members.
What you hear on this release is the result of a three-week European tour, which included this live-recording at the Bird’s Eye Basel towards the end of our concert series. It was a great pleasure to be part of this, thanks to the Bird’s Eye for making it happen and of course to Mags, Dmitry, Jeb and Fabien for great playing and wonderful moments on the road! Already looking forward to the next one!!!
Bernd Reiter, November 2019