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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: 1960

In the next step of his evolution as a pioneering jazz figure, French trumpeter Erik Truffaz continues his exploration of modern dance rhythms informed by drum ‘n’ bass and hip hop as well as gripping rock ‘n’ roll with his quartet on The Walk of the Giant Turtle. This CD is Truffaz’s fourth U.S. release, following up last year’s remarkable Mantis, and featuring a video on the making of the album. Joining Truffaz on the new disc are his long-time quartet, Patrick Muller on piano and electronic keyboards, Marcello Giuliani on bass and Marc Erbetta on drums.

In a European interview Truffaz said that The Walk of the Giant Turtle (recorded in Lausanne in January 2003 and mixed in Paris) was based on ensemble improvisation. He remarked that the music “is not too cerebral.” He explained that the rock-fueled passion and power on three tracks (the heavy rocking, abrasive “King B,” the wah-wah-driven “Next Door” and the crunching/ cooking “Seven Skies”) came from two sources. First, Giuliani is the guitarist in a rock group named Aquarius. Secondly, Truffaz said that he came of age as a rock fan: “I listened to Led Zeppelin much more than Miles Davis [when I was younger].” The tunes teem with pockets of tension/release, rich sound textures, distortion and even Hendrixian guitar-like exchanges. Throughout, Truffaz soars above the combustible mix....
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Featured recording “El Tiempo De La Revolución”

El Tiempo De La Revolución

Blue Note Records
2013
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    El Tiempo De La Revolución

    Blue Note Records
    2013
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    Triple Best Of

    Brassland
    2011
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    Rendez-Vous

    Blue Note Records
    2010
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    Let Me Go !

    Brassland
    2010
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    In Between

    Brassland
    2010
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    Rendez-Vous (Paris - Benares - Mexico)

    Brassland
    2008
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    Benares

    Brassland
    2008
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