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Henri Texier

Chautemps, Michel Portal and Francois Jeanneau. But it is thanks to Daniel Humair that Henri Texier will be heard for the first time in famous Parisian clubs, with Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Johnny Griffin, Bill Coleman... From 1965 to 1968: Attracted by the avant-garde, he plays with Don Cherry and sets up his first Free-Jazz Quintet. Simultaneously, he accompanies Lee Konitz, Dexter Gordon, Booker Ervin, Art Farmer, Art Taylor, Johnny Griffin... Texier meets Phil Woods and joins the European Rhythm Machine with D. Humair, G. Grunitz, then Gordon Beck. With this wonderful quartet, he travels throughout Europe from Stockholm to Barcelona, from Paris to Berlin, from London to Montreux, from Rome to Warsaw, taking part in all great festivals, particularly the Newport one (USA). From 1971 to 1979: He sets up with Aldo Romano and Georges Locatelli the Total Issue band. After two years of this enriching experience, he leaves the band and becomes free-lance. He then joins the J-L Ponty Trio, G.Grunitz’s Piano Conclave with Joachim Kuhn, Martial Solal.... Texier particularly studies other instruments (oud and percussion) completing the bass voice. In 1975, he records two solo albums : Amir and Varech. In 1979, he sets up a string trio with J-Charles Capon (cello) and Didier Lockwood (violin) and records a third album : A cordes et à cris with G. Beck, A. Romano, J.C Capon and D. Lockwood. During this very period, he also joins Michel Portal and takes part with him in various festivals. From 1980 to 1981: Henri Texier creates a new quartet with Philippe Deschepper (guitar), Louis Sclavis (reeds) and Bernard Lubat (drums). He moreover diversifies his artistic field : music of the Alain Bonnot‘s film : Une salle affaire, music of a TV series Akagera with D. Humair and F. Jeanneau; musical director, assisted by Melaine Favennec, of the Jazz et Breizh Festival at the Roche-Jagu castle (Brittany) ; encounter with the film director Franck Cassenti. He becomes actor for the TV film Deuil en 24 heures (with Alain Cuny, R. Bohringer, H. Virlogeux,...) ; duo improvisation with Michel Portal on Viola Farber’s choreographies for the Angers contemporary ballets. From 1982 to 1985:

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