New Releases

Dana Fuchs - Love Lives On

Label: Get along Records
Release date: May 18, 2018

“Love Lives On” is Dana’s most soulful-blues focused effort yet and may just be her best work to date.
Dana Fuchs is a Jagger blues-jammer, Otis soul-sister, juke-joint Janis and Sexy Sadie all rolled into one passionate performer and compassionate world class singer-songwriter. If anyone asks Dana to sum up what this new record “Love Lives On”, the seventh since her 2003 debut, is all about, Fuchs will say: Hope and redemption. If anyone across the universe doesn’t know Dana Fuchs by now, 2018 is the best time to jump on board her rock-‘n’-soul-‘n’-rollin’ bandwagon by checking out her upcoming soul-drenched release and catching her captivating, leave-it-all-on-stage world tour to follow.

Dana Fuchs - Love Lives On

Various Artists from Botswana - I‘m Not Here to Hunt Rabbits

Label: Piranha
Distribution in France: Differ-Ant
Release date: April 26, 2018

Head of The Vital Record, David Aglow, had no idea what he was in for when, back in 2009, he received an email from a friend with a YouTube link. He thought it might be spam and almost didn’t bother to click. But he did, and discovered a treasure trove of “Botswana Music Guitar.”: played in an eccentric style and with a depth of expression rivaling any genre of music, this is folk from the dusty outskirts of the Kalahari Desert. A community of African country blues masters with a totally original technique. For one thing; the left hand reaches up and over the neck of the guitar, instead of from behind and underneath.

Various Artists from Botswana -  I‘m Not Here to Hunt Rabbits

Eugenia Georgieva - Po Drum Mome / A Girl On The Road

Label: World Music Network
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: April 20, 2018

On Po Drum Mome the black seeds of history and tradition blossom today’s flowers. The joys and sorrows of these ancient songs are arranged with mostly traditional instruments to offer a sound that harks back to the Renaissance, and re-imagines it for a modern concert hall.
From tales of revolutionaries and a mythical dragon-like creature, to the girl who confesses her fears to a rose bush, Eugenia Georgieva delivers an innovative and beautiful exploration of Bulgarian folk song.

Eugenia Georgieva - Po Drum Mome / A Girl On The Road

Jun Miyake - Lost Memory Theatre - act-3

Label: enja yellowbird
Distribution in France: L'Autre Distribution
Release date: April 06, 2018

Jun Miyake’s music comes light-footed as the bossa nova, accessible as sophisticated pop and refined and versatile as lively jazz. Lost Memory Theatre is an ever-changing constellation of sound images and scenes, bossa nova and reggae, Kurt Weill and Nino Rota, chanson and symphony, jazz and improvisation, rock and folk: the album is a must-hear from start to finish, mixing all styles and genres to create a hybrid of musical genius.
Featuring Lisa Papineau, Vincent Segal, Dhafer Youssef, Arto Lindsay, Cosmic Voices, Vinicius Cantuaria, Bruno Capinan, Melvin Gibbs…

Jun’s “Lost Memory Theatre” is truly unique: it constantly produces that “Third Thing” between music and imagery. You enter this space for the first time and you’re already addicted to it…” Wim Wenders

Jun Miyake - Lost Memory Theatre - act-3

Michael Wollny - Wartburg

Label: ACT
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: March 23, 2018

“Wartburg” fizzes and shimmers with all the acuity of Michael Wollny’s senses and his protean capacity to be alive to the possibilities and the magic of the moment. This is improvising at the limit, life seen through a dream. The album also documents a first-ever encounter of his trio with Emile Parisien, arguably the most influential and original voice on soprano sax today. A unique moment in contemporary jazz.

Michael Wollny - Wartburg

Bethany & Rufus - Trouble in the Land

Label: Bethany & Rufus
Release date: March 01, 2018

After much anticipation we are so excited to be bringing you our latest album, “Trouble in the Land.”
Making this CD has been a labor of love and has taken us, literally, on an epic voyage around the world. We are so proud of the tapestry of music we have created on this album together with some of the most amazing musicians on the planet— where the roots music of America meet the deep songs from the desert of Niger and the beautiful invocations of Haiti.
Bethany & Rufus featuring Yacouba Moumouni, Chuck Campbell and Bonga Jean-Baptiste.

Bethany & Rufus - Trouble in the Land

Marc Sarrazy - Laurent Rochelle - Chansons pour l'oreille gauche

Label: Linoleum Records
Distribution in France: Les Allumés du Jazz
Release date: February 23, 2018

After Intranquillité published a few years ago, Chansons pour l’oreille gauche (Songs for the left ear) is the second album of the duo.
On this disc, the universes are multiple : Erik Satie and Debussy, as evidence, free-jazz squalls in the face, Béla Bartók hijacked (in “Bartok à la fenêtre (Bartok at the window)”), Ravel quoted in “Malcom Malkovich”, a Chopin’s melody in “Funeral Blues”, the spicy perfumes of South African jazz (“Voulévoulévouvouzélas?”)…
The music of the duo also embraces literature with his Baudelaire’s colours, a dark tribute to Antoine Volodine (“Paysage avant pendaison (Landscape before hanging)”) and his electroacoustic counterpart “Reflets dans un oeil mort (Reflections in a Dead Eye)”), another to Marguerite Duras (“L’homme assis dans le couloir (The Man Sitting in the Corridor)”). It is in fact very cinematographic : not only by its dantesque cover of the “Suspiria” composed by the Goblin group for the horrific masterpiece of Dario Argento, but because this music is powerfully generating images, between impressionism and expressionism.

Marc Sarrazy - Laurent Rochelle - Chansons pour l'oreille gauche

Calibro 35 - Decade

Label: Record Kicks
Distribution in France: La Baleine
Release date: February 09, 2018

DECADE” marks 10 years of Calibro 35’s releases and it’s the very first album recorded by Calibro with an orchestral-inspired enlarged line-up that features horns, strings and percussions. On the album all the influences collected by the band during their last ten years’ journey like music, collaborations, movies, gigs, books find their space. Musically CALIBRO 35’s inner influences like Ennio Morricone are still there but are now mixed with elements from afrobeat cosmic jazz, or Alternative Hip Hop.
Active since 2008 CALIBRO 35 enjoys a worldwide reputation as one of the coolest independent band around. During their ten years career, they have been sampled by Dr. Dre on his Compton album and Jay-Z, they shared stages worldwide with the likes of Roy Ayers, Muse… collaborated with, amongst others PJ Harvey or John Parish.
Rolling Stone magazine describes the band as “the most fascinating, retro-maniac and genuine thing, that happened to Italy in the last years”.

Calibro 35 - Decade

Dave Liebman - Distant Song

Label: Whaling City Sound
Release date: January 26, 2018

As a featured soloist and ensemble singer, Fred Farell has made a name for himself as a preeminent pro jazz voice. Across five decades and at venues like Avery Fisher Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Museum of Modern Art, Farell has demonstrated inspired interpretive abilities to go with his sweet pipes. Distant Song, his debut for Whaling City Sound, is a deep experience, thanks in part to composers & loyal accompanists Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach. Farells lyrics require incredible patience and passion on the microphone. Songs unfold gently, religiously, and deftly. Infused in part with gospel messaging, Distant Song is a heartfelt project, produced with happiness and love by a veteran talent clearly confident and at peace with himself and his abilities.

Dave Liebman - Distant Song

Raphaël Imbert - Music Is My Hope

Label: Jazz Village [PIAS]
Distribution in France: [PIAS]
Release date: January 26, 2018

After the publication of his last album in 2016, Music is my Home, the saxophone player/ composer Raphaël Imbert shares an intimate testimony as much as a flamboyant invitation with us with this new album. Music is my Hope takes us to a place where music is at the same time ardent and essential, where it unites protest, prayer, activism, love, the sacred and the profane, all in the same musical context. It is a music that, by the strength of its live-saving humanity, can make us move and can make us feel closer together.
Beyond the blues and jazz of his origins, Raphaël Imbert invokes the calls of spiritual thought, of the preoccupations of our souls as well as of protest songs, of the introspections of folk and of popular songs. Remembering its sources, the music awakens fraternity, challenge, confirmation, desire and happiness.

Raphaël Imbert - Music Is My Hope

Loïs Le Van - Rendez-vous à l'ovyne

Label: Cristal Records
Distribution in France: [PIAS]
Release date: November 10, 2017

“Rendez-vous à l’ovyne” is the third album of a truly singular singer.
We must listen to Lois Van as a voice in the shadows, as we read a novel of intrigues. To devour it with the ears, the senses, the thirst for adventure, the fears and the lies and to meet there the cracks, the tenderness, the tears, the chills and the light which reveals a multitude of feelings.
Because what counts in "Rendez-vous à l’ovyne”, is the music of the sentence, the surprise of the narration, the dive into a poetic atmosphere and the pleasure of listening to a tight screenplay, simply.

Loïs Le Van - Rendez-vous à l'ovyne

Popa Chubby - Two Dogs

Label: Verycords
Distribution in France: Warner Music France
Release date: October 27, 2017

Thematically “Two Dogs” is a very personal album. “People ask me why 2 dogs? It’s an old fable – 2 dogs, 2 wolves”, says Popa Chubby. “We have become polarized as a race. There is a battle inside each of us. Each day we rise and must choose our path calling upon each other and our own spirits for strength and courage. The dog we feed is the one that rules the dog we starve dies of neglect. It is up to each of us to use our spirit to feed the dog that will enable all of us to thrive. I believe in the triumph of the human spirit, I believe that a grain of hope is more powerful than a mountain of fear. And I believe I love. We are here to love. Love each other, love the gift that is this life, and love music. So my dear friends I make this offering to you with love, hope and the awareness that the dog I feed is the one that will help me to bring all the love in my soul to you."

Popa Chubby - Two Dogs

Armel Dupas - A NIGHT WALK

Label: Upriver Records
Distribution in France: L'Autre Distribution
Release date: October 20, 2017

Having already carved out a niche for himself on the French jazz scene with collaborations, from Sandra Nkaké to Henri Texier, Armel Dupas has flung open the doors to his universe with his first releases, (Waterbabies, 2013 and Upriver/solo, 2015) . The solo album by the inspired pianist and composer read like a personal diary in which, swathed in subtle electro sounds, the pages were made up of pastel melodies, minimalist motifs and snatches of the soundtrack to imaginary films.
The album A Night Walk shows us a more angular facet of the the artist’s musical personality. For his new Trio project, the electro-acoustic touch, which characterizes his style, oscillates for this new band, between ambient music and progressive rock. It also offers an important space to the synthesizer contributions by Mathieu Penot and Kenny Ruby, respectively drummer and bassist of the trio. During the sequence of the eight tracks, his piano, with its great variety of feelings, introduces us into the emotional universe of a man walking through the night in search of an answer.

Armel Dupas - A NIGHT WALK

Denis Frajerman - Rivières de la nuit

Label: Douzième lune
Release date: October 20, 2017

« Rivieres de la Nuit » is the first album on his own label by the very adventurous and creative French musician Denis Frajerman, who started his musical activities in the 90ies, as a member of the French PALO ALTO group; Strongly linked to the work of the writer Antoine Volodine, his first solo album, Les Suites Volodine (Noise Museum/Naïve, 1999), was directly influenced by his writings. They both share a taste for haunting atmospheres, black humor, witchcraft. This new album is very different, leaving space for a refined and melancholic musical approach, with touches of contemporary music, of folk, cold wave, jazz or chamber music. Granting a great space to lyricism, to female voices and to string instruments , his musical creation can feel haunted or light and is glorified by the choice of instruments and the artists invited to participate in this great project.

Denis Frajerman - Rivières de la nuit

Jeff Reilly - To Dream of Silence

Release date: September 22, 2017

The album chronicles a series of significant dreams experienced by Jeff Reilly between 2008 and 2012, some were harrowing and intense, others astoundingly beautiful, all were deeply transformative. Jeff Reilly has over 30 years of experience as a musician, producer, composer and as an internationally respected bass clarinet soloist. It seemed time to gather up all that experience and bring these dreams to life through music and narration.
To Dream of Silence occupies a unique sound world. Jeff Reilly’s bass clarinet combines with the pipe organ of long-time collaborator Peter-Anthony Togni, the extended percussion of Jerry Granelli, two full string orchestras, and sound sculptures created in the tiny village of East Dover, Nova Scotia by the blacksmith John Little. Rinde Eckert adds a great deal with his sparse and powerful narrations.

Jeff Reilly - To Dream of Silence

Sylvain Rifflet - Re-focus

Label: Verve
Distribution in France: Universal Music
Release date: September 15, 2017

Ever since he was a teenager and his discovery of Stan Getz’ legendary album Focus, Sylvain Rifflet had dreams of making a record that would revisit the same format, and give new impetus to the saxophonist’s very successful blend of classics and jazz. It was an ambitious project, but also an opportunity which Verve has now provided. Unlike the case with many jazz albums where you hear strings, in both Focus and Re-focus the orchestra is much more than a flashy red carpet serving as an opulent foil for the choruses of a jazz musician. “Re-focus” shows Sylvain Rifflet‘s talents both as composer, musician, soloist and improviser.

Sylvain Rifflet - Re-focus

Elodie Pasquier - Mona

Label: Laborie Jazz
Distribution in France: Socadisc
Release date: September 08, 2017

How can a musical work have so much resonance in the expression of a soul, of such a deep personality? Even though Elodie Pasquier presents and displays her personal universe, immediately identifiable from the first notes, her travel can also be ours with her joy, her tears, her cries… everything is there in a life course that has deepened over time and asserts today an immense talent.
“Mona” is not a 1st album, it is an evidence of time, of its sweetness, wrinkles, cracks, happiness, where everything begins, stops and starts again. The quintet IS “Mona”, a solid sound that evolves, moves, spreads and exults. A perfect harmony that has these so communicative and palpable freshness and sincerity.

Elodie Pasquier - Mona

Astrïd - Through the sparkle

Label: Gizeh Records
Release date: September 01, 2017

Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble astrïd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes. The compositions found on Through the Sparkle glow with a unique, connected energy and a pure, instinctive musical understanding. Through the Sparkle is a record of miniature symphonies, of elegant restraint. A gracious and generous offering from a group of musicians at one with each other and at the top of their game.

Astrïd - Through the sparkle

Sylvain Chauveau - Post-Everything

Label: Brocoli
Release date: August 25, 2017

Post-Everything is the third and final part of a trilogy where Chauveau deconstructs the pop song format. Three album titles like the three verses of a haiku: Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated), Kogetsudai, Post-Everyting. This last album is the most accessible and romantic, and shows two distinct climates: electronic & vocals, acoustic guitar & vocals. Post-Everything has been two years in the making and includes 10 tracks, including two Lykke Li covers: I Follow Rivers and No Rest For The Wicked.

Sylvain Chauveau - Post-Everything

Vijay Iyer - Far from over

Label: ECM
Distribution in France: Universal Music
Release date: August 25, 2017

Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s energized sequence of ECM releases has garnered copious international praise. Yet his fifth for the label since 2014 – Far From Over, featuring his dynamically commanding sextet – finds Iyer reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led him to be voted DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and for The Guardian to dub his work the “dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.”

Vijay Iyer - Far from over