Born: September 14, 1965 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Ramon Fossati, trombone, shells, composition, arrangements. Originally from Barcelona. He has performed in many festivals in France, The United Kingdom, Switzerland and Spain. He has worked with prestigious musicians such as Frank Wess, Wild Bill Davis, Teddy Edwards, Ronald Baker, Patrick Artero, Ignasi Terraza and Jan Harrington. He performs with his Franco-Catalan quintet “Five in Orbit” as well as his own groups, which range from trio to septet. He is expanding his experiences, most notably with Jean-Pierre Derouard, Damon Brown, Pierre Esteve, and other French and Spanish musicians. Trombonist with a powerful but lyrical sound Ramon Fossati has been inspired as much by traditional greats (Bennie Green, Trummy Young or Al Grey…) as by more modern musicians (Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre).
NEW CD RELEASE !! FIVE IN ORBIt : FrEAKS Featuring: Ramon Fossati (tb), Olivier Brandily (as, fl & b-cl), Laurent Bronner (p), Nicolas Rageua (b), Luc Isenmann (d). Special guests: Marti- Serra (ts), Giulia Valle (b)
If the quality and naturalness of Five in Orbit’s debut album was one of the great revelations in the European jazz of the new century, in its second album, the French-Catalan quintet manages to go even further. Following the line started by Ellington-Mingus-Kirk, their music travels fast on the highway of Jazz, with a capital J, far from niches, imposed thematic restrictions, and derivative styles.
The sound of this group -a sound that blends with freshness all languages of jazz- brings us, in “FrEAKS”, an array of new sensations with extremely original textures, arrangements and atmospheres. Never foregoing a constant demand for creativity, the compositions of the Bronner-Brandily-Fossati trio give priority to their most communicative side, and show solid structure, always interesting developments, and a hint of descriptiveness that will carry the listener to other worlds which, as the poet would say, are actually within our own.
Ramon Fossati’s great skill as an instrumentalist really adds to the imaginative prowess of these tunes; his excellent work as a trombonist is complemented by his subtle blowing of conch shells. Not less remarkable is Olivier Brandily’s excellent work, be it with alto sax, bass clarinet or flutes. Meanwhile, the elegant and inventive pianist Laurent Bronner, who also plays a prepared piano, shines as a soloist while he pushes with strength a remarkable rhythmic section including Nicolas Rageau, double bass, and Luc Isenmann, drums. Finally, double bassist Giulia Valle and saxophonist Mart�- Serra, in their role as guest stars, bring precious notes of color to a fantastic album that you will devour from start to finish, as you would a good film.
“Freaks: a tactile and ethereal universe. Freaks, Five in Orbit’s album, is what I call an album/door: the threshold of a universe both near and misty, melancholic and strong, tactile and ethereal. When I was looking for a musical soundtrack for my documentary about the disappearance of the Aral Sea, a good friend of mine, who knows how restless I get when looking for a soundtrack, gave me this jewel by Five in Orbit telling me he had the feeling I would like it. He was right: I listened to the album in one go, and found myself in a deeply evocative atmosphere that fascinated me completely, and seemed to fit with ease -surprisingly- with the harsh images of the desert to which the Aral Sea has been reduced. We got down to work and, today, two tunes by Freaks accompany my documentary superbly.
Meanwhile, their tunes have also become a recurrent soundtrack in my daily life, and while I write these notes from the 23rd floor of a skyscraper in Shinjuku, they play in the background, sharing this new Japanese adventure with me. I await, impatient, their next releases!.”
Isabel Coixet Tokyo, December 2009
Awards:In 2008 he obtains the Enderrock price for the best Jazz recording of Catalonia, with the CD “The Black Key”, recorded with Toni Solà and Ignasi Terraza Trio.
·Paris-Barcelona Swing Connection : "Hard Swing" (Blow! Records)
·Paris-Barcelona Swing Connection : "Live in Barcelona" (Blow! Records)
·"Frank Wess Meets The Paris-Barcelona" (Fresh Sound New Talent)
·Paris-Barcelona Swing Connection & Wild Bill Davis : "Wild Cat" (Black & Blue)
·Big Band Swing (Covadia)
·Pierre Esteve : Obscura (MMM)
·Fanfare Des d’où ? Dingues (Last Call Records)
·Pierre Esteve : Metal (Shooting Star)
·Antoine Sahler : Je Suis Parti (Harmonia Mundi)
·Laurent Bronner Quintet : Adam's Session (Ra & Amon Productions)
·Jean-Pierre Derouard Swing Music : Huchette Street Parade (Juste une Trace)
·Jean-Pierre Derouard Swing Music : Mr. Armstrong (Juste une Trace)
·Five in Orbit (Quadrant Records)
·Ramon Fossati & Toni Sola with Ignasi Terraza Trio : The Black Key (Swing Alley)
·Ramon Fossati Sextet : Callin’ the Spirits (Juste une Trace)
.Five in Orbit : FrEAKS (Fresh Sound New Talent)
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