Ramon Fossati

Born in Barcelona and based in Paris, Ramon Fossati is a trombonist, composer and arranger.

Fossati begins his career as a guitarist, debuting in Barcelona in 1986. In 1989 he moves to Paris, where he founds and directs, together with vibraphonist Oriol Bordas, the Paris-Barcelona Swing Connection, a nonet that impacts Europe with 4 albums and more than 500 concerts between 1990 and 1995.

After this intense period as a guitarist, composer and producer, his career was marked by a turning point. Fossati discovers in the trombone the instrument that fully meets his expressive needs. Its versatility, lyricism and its wide timbre possibilities absolutely attracts him and he decides to devote himself to the trombone.

Throughout his career he has taken part in many and diverse projects and has collaborated with musicians Frank Wess, Wild Bill Davis, Teddy Edwards, Liz McComb, Nicholas Payton, Jan Harrington, Patrick Artero, Pédron, Ron Meza, Damon Brown, Barcelona Jazz Orchestra and tenora player Jordi Molina, among others.

He combines his activity with his bands: French-Catalan quintet Five in Orbit, co-lead with Laurent Bronner and Olivier Brandily; Ramon Fossati Sextet, with Ronald Baker; The Black Key quintet, with Toni Solà and Ignasi Terraza Trio, and Jean-Pierre Derouard’s Big Band where he also collaborates as an arranger.

Ramon Fossati is currently working on his new project Ramon Fossati Glowing Trio, presenting an original repertoire conceived to enjoy the great expressive resources of the trombone. In this amazing trio, Fossati counts on the high complicity of two outstanding figures of jazz in Catalonia: double bass player Horacio Fumero and drummer David Xirgu.

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“Following Ellington-Mingus-Kirk’s influences, their music speeds through the pure jazz highway, far away from type-casting or forced thematic restrictions. (…) The group’s sounds, that freshly amalgamate all jazz languages, brings us with ‘FrEaKs’ a wide variety of new sensations, with such original textures, arrangements and atmospheres. (…) A great CD that you’ll devour from beginning to end, like a good film.” Karles Torra, journalist

“Five in Orbit’s album ‘FrEaKs’ is what I call an album/door: a close and hazy universe threshold, melancholic and strong, tactile and ethereal

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Primary Instrument

Trombone

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Discography

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris

Fresh Sound Records
2016

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FrEAKS

FrEAKS

Fresh Sound Records
2010

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The Black Key

The Black Key

Fresh Sound Records
2007

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Callin' the Spirits

Callin' the Spirits

Juste Une Trace
2007

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