Born: July 20, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
Henri Roger is a pianist , guitarist , composer and improvisor. His music is influenced by Keith Jarrett , Chick Corea, Cecil Taylor and by contemporary music . He worked with : Mama Bea Tekielski , Catherine Ribeiro , Tai Phong and improvisors like Paul Rogers . He plays with Compagnie So What and POUAZRLK The pianist seems to have assimilated Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea among others artists (Jazz Hot) .
Duo Rythmigration, Une Journée Anonyme
Musicians: Henri Roger, piano Ismael Robert, percussion
A piano and percussion dialogue in a duet semi-composed by Henri Roger and semi-improvised by the duo. It works well! The two musicians speak the same language, expressing today's need to borrow from other musical genres, but it always remains jazz. The pianist seems to have assimilated Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea, among others artists and the piece Une Journée Anonyme is a good example of this. His left hand does wonderful work with ostinatos sometimes giving the impression of a double bass. Beautiful tone, pretty attacks, personal phrasing, he understands how to let the notes breath as in ABBK, a tune with a very slow tempo, with notes that hang suspended in the air. One hears influences from Granados and some Ravel in the piece Noya Mondea, which is played brightly. The percussionist's rythmic lines perfectly interwine with the pianist's playing. He shows his soloing skills in Sous Les Dunes. Overall, a very nice album that easily touches the listener's heart.
Jazz Magazine no 568 March 2006 , France . Henri Roger and Ismael Robert have created a singular duo with a travelling spirit , where piano and percussion converse.
Neither the clear articulation and phrases of each of them, nor their rythmic rigor leave out form freedom and lurches.
If one looks for analogy , we will refer to what Manuel and Patrico Villaroel, or Bobby Few with Cheik Tidiane Fall did in the 70's .
A tasty mix of bold jazz and world music .
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