Thomas Champagne – sax
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
Guillaume Vierset – guitar
Ruben Lamon – double bass
Alain Deval – drums
Thomas Champagne Random House continues its journey after the release of his album “Sweet Day” in October 2017.
This season, the Quartet invites an amazing trumpet player, Adam O’Farrill, rising star of the New York scene.
Random House is still growing with its very melodic and lyrical modern jazz, joyously colored of pop touch but also strongly influenced by the New York school, with very free structures and contemporary colors!
Get to the point. This is what this CD promises.
Say it all. Let ideas come and send some back. Without hiding anything – spontaneously, totally sincerely.
With this album “Tide”, sax-player Thomas Champagne dumps the superfluous and is determined to keep the spontaneity of a first encounter and the freshness of the first dialogues. Never break the flow of a passionate conversation.
For this, he can count on his friends Guillaume Vierset (electric guitar), Ruben Lamon (double bass), Alain Deval (drums) and, above all, his guest, the formidable New York trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, who is probably not for nothing in this process.
Thomas and Adam met in New York where the sax-player saw him perform several times on stage. Without knowing much more than that, Thomas then invited Adam to Belgium for a series of concerts and a possible recording. A double or nothing, kind of. The alchemy worked from the first notes. The concerts quickly enriched the dialogue and the album happened. As a no-brainer.
The 38 minutes (why add more when all has been said?) pulse and flow. The rhythm is edgy, sharp and always highly strung, but is also able to install a more intimate climate. How better to open doors and windows and let the brass and guitar fly? Yes, this album breathes. Yes, it takes to the air and flies; some tracks leave no doubt about it (“BreathBreath”, “Gentle Breeze” but also, of course, the album’s eponymous title: “Tide”).
The sound of Adam O’Farrill’s trumpet is both direct, clear and lively, but also supple and voluptuous. It is as elusive as a wild eel going up a tumultuous river (listen to “Bad Date” or “Looking Forward”). This generosity gives Thomas Champagne the opportunity to have fun without constraint, to frolic, to splash everyone in turn. This allows Guillaume Vierset to throw himself, body and soul, into the bath. The guitarist can let go with rock riffs, deploy his bluesy phrasing or extend some sumptuous folk riffs.
In this album, it’s all about trust and balance between harmonies and melodies, between laughter and whispers, between risk and research. Alchemy works and intuition is released (listen to “Muse” for proof).
Fun is at the center of this record. The pleasure of clever exchanges – sometimes burning, sometimes elegant, sometimes spiritual – is clear.
The spontaneity and complicity spill out of this album recorded in one day! The spirit of human adventure is concentrated there. The whole spirit of jazz is there.
And all this can’t be explained… It just happens.
Adam O’Farrill, the 5th wheel of our new coach, is #1 (Rising Star Trumpet) by DownBeat’s Critics Poll 2019!
He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, into a family of musicians. His grandfather was legendary African-Cuban composer and arranger Chico O’Farrill, a multiple Grammy Award winner, and his father was pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill.
At 25, he is one of the leading figures of the trumpet in the Big Apple. His 2016 album “Stranger Days” received critical acclaim.
Alongside his own projects, he is a member of Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls (which won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best Jazz Album in 2015), Stephan Crump’s Rhombal (alongside Ellery Eskelin and Tyshawn Sorey), Mary Halvorson’s latest Code Girl project and the Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100 (alongside Rudresh Mahanth. Terri Lyne Carrington, Charenée Wade, Kris Davis, Larry Grenadier and DJ Kassa Overall).
He is a young consistently creative musician with open ears, an immense talent already sought after by the big American names. He has played with Vijay Iyer, Mulatu Astatke, Mary Halvorson, Steve Lehman, Christian McBride, Jason Lindner, Samora Pinderhughes, Onyx Collective, …