Clotilde Rullaud

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Clotilde Rullaud

French Jazz singer/performer/song-writer, coming from the new generation of French jazz musicians, she went into music school at the age of 5 and studied the flute and singing for 13 years. She has always considered Jazz music as a large melting pot, a mix of influences and cultures, confronting Afro-American music with Latin cultures, mixing African folklore and the art of the words. We can find all this in her music: a reinvention of the roots of Jazz, a desire for originality and freedom, where poetry and the musicality of the words have a prominent place in a completely unprecedented artistic universe....
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**** & #5 best jazz album 2011 - SundayTimes / Among the best 10 Jazz albums 2011 of / "Pick of the week" on Fip show on France Musique June 2011 / TT - Télérama / *** Jazzman 2009
“It starts with a surprising opening, a sublime interpretation of La noyée by Serge Gainsbourg, arranged like Bill Evans’s Waltz for Debby, and it is a superb introduction to this young lady’s vocal range. We are immediately aware that we are entering a musical world that is free of the standard jazz formats. A true musical journey awaits us, one that is as exciting as it is demanding. Clotilde Rullaud is a singer whose airy gravity holds no clichés, her sublime arrangements interpreted by a band of quite excellent musicians. (…)
For Clotilde Rullaud, music has that powerful magical ability to transport the soul, carrying with it all influences, all dialects and all borders in the same baggage.
It is as a true musician, rather than a singer, that Clotilde Rullaud (a former flutist) ends the album, rearranging Maurice Duruflé’s Pie Jesu. (…) Her voice blends with layers of sounds, wraps around everything in its path and carries us away. Once more the singer vibrates with her voice, with her text, with the music that carries her. It is intense and it closes the last page of this album in the most sublime manner.” 
Jean-Marc GELIN - Review in “Les Dernières Nouvelles du Jazz” magazine - clotilde-rullaud-in-extremis-68191902.html

”Like the late, great Claude Nougaro, her tastes are strikingly eclectic (...). And she has the technique and imagination to hold all the myriad influences together, helped by a cultured band featuring Dano Haider (7-string guitar) and Olivier Hutman (piano). Her rich, deep timbre is a thing of beauty – the wordless vocals on the fragment of bill Evans’s Waltz for Debby are exquisite – but she can cope whenever Antoine Paganotti, on drums, raises the temperature.” Clive DAVIS - **** & #5 best jazz album 2011 - SundayTimes (UK)

“Clotilde Rullaud, while remaining faithful to the roots and tradition of vocal jazz, is a modern-day stylist. Much like an powerful magnet, she draws the listener near to her unique enticingly warm sound. I would recommend this excellent CD as an essential part of any Vocal Jazz library.” Guy ZINGER - Adore Jazz Radio (NL) & Writer for All About Jazz

“She has fine register and volume, with a tremendous sense of proportion. ”Waltz for Debby”, the first track, is just an appetizer. And it’s with the following songs that we get her true purpose: challenging both song and voice in order to reach their full expression. That such a singer has been born shows that the history of the appreciation of jazz in France has not been just for show.” Obari TOSHIO – JazzCritics (JP)

“This original and experienced singer is a real discovery. This eclectic lady reveals her voice and talent on tunes by Monk, Gainsbourg, Bill Evans, Sting, Piazzolla and Duruflé. She is clearly having fun, and so are we.” Michel CONTAT – TT – Télérama - rullaud-quartet,25080.php

“A bit like Nougaro (indeed African Sketches recalls the Toulouse singer’s Locomotive d'Or), it is the marriage of words and texts (often poetic) with the music that interests the singer above all, and which forms the very essence of the album. Baden Powell, Sting and Piazzolla, as well as several jazz tunes, are thus reinvented with a desire for originality that provides the whole album with an undeniable artistic unity. Although Clotilde Rullaud undoubtedly owes the success of this recording to her background as an instrumentalist (she is a flutist), she also owes it to her unusual trio (without bass) composed of top- class musicians who are much more than simple accompanists. An original and successful album for all those who like their jazz a little differently.” Philippe VINCENT – Jazzmag-man

“If a song is ‘a hummingbird perched on the great wall of sound’, as Nougaro once sang to a tune by Michel Legrand, then the singer and vocalist Clotilde Rullaud is one such beautiful creature. Her nimble mezzo voice is deep and swinging, seemingly raising from some faraway place, like the essence of the soul’s breath, a pure necessity to sing. (…)
This is sensual chamber music that never takes itself too seriously, a record that is all about jazz, that enchanting melting pot of popular musical traditions. 
Therein lies, perhaps, the meaning of the album’s title, In extremis. For although these extremes may never meet, they do acknowledge each other, breaking down borders and letting the music wander free…but along a tightrope! And that, quite simply is what Clotilde’s path, her voice, is all about. A passion is born, and it’s time we listened to it.” Laurent VALERO – Broadcaster of Easy Tempo show on France Musique -

“The first thing you notice is her perfect elocution and the rich timbres of her voice, free from gratuitous effects and those frivolous ornamentations that all too often affect a singer’s clarity. Clotilde Rullaud moves smoothly between gossamer-delicate melody and decisive affirmation, for she knows how to happily alternate humour and seriousness, tenderness and energy, brio and simplicity, filled with groove and expansive emotion, from the unbridled scat of Sting’s Fragile to the unexpected and moving The Walk After Pie Jesu from Maurice Duruflé, all of it most uplifting. She has certainly found the kind of complicity with these musicians that makes you prick up your ears.” Jacques CHESNEL – - Rullaud,3465342.html

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