Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
Andy Milne and Gregoire Maret are a groundbreaking duo, made of rising harmonica star Gregoire Maret, who has played with everyone from Pat Metheny and Jimmy Scott to George Benson and Cassandra Wilson, and pianist Andy Milne, one of the most talented musicians to emerge from Steve Coleman's M-Base collective.
Before he even hit 30 years of age, Grégoire Maret became the most sought after harmonica player behind legends Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder. Influenced by both, Maret has managed to find his own voice on the instrument. His capability to play almost anything has created a steady flow of collaboration with musicians from the jazz, pop, rock, funk & R&B worlds, who call upon Maret's mastery to add his unique sound....
Scenarios is a rewarding listening experience on many levels. More than mere background music, these aural explorations insinuate their way into your ears and soul, leaving one both satisfied and wanting more. - Courant.com (Hartford Courant)
Focusing primarily on originals and improvisations, the pair make a strong team, both men clearly being virtuosos on their respective instruments. A followup meeting is definitely in order. -- All Music Guide
Spry and windborne. -- The New York Times
On Scenarios, an outing comprising equal parts original compositions, jazz standards and free improv, the recording provides unabashed bare-bones freeplay. When Milne and Maret attempted the same feats onstage, it was clear there was no safety net: relying solely on gumption and guile, the duo took chances that ultimately paid off...Milne and Maret generate significant heat. - All About Jazz