Trained early in his career as a pianist, the French artist Fabrice
Mourlon later joined a vocal jazz class at the Paris suburb Pantin
School of Music. In 1994 he trained as a vocalist with Italian singer
Valentina Casula and was a member of her workshop for the next
half-decade. He met pianist Richard Razafindrakoto, bassist Emmanuel
Brunet and drummer Thierry Tardieu in 2001 and the four would eventually
solidify as a quartet playing various jazz clubs in Paris and now on Facing the Lough.
studied at the Conservatoire National de Region—has been the
beneficiary of training from France's prolific world-class saxophonist
and conductor François Jeanneau. Tardieu trained in the workshop of Enrico Rava and worked with Paolo Fresu
among other international artists from Europe and Asia. Brunet has
played many of the western European jazz clubs and worked with one of
the better known French trombonists, Sébastien Llado, in his quartet.
Facing the Lough
takes its name from the view at a home in Belfast, Ireland where
Mourlon had visited; lough being the Anglo-Irish interpretation of a
loch, a type of bay or inlet. More to the point, it seems to represent a
far reaching view of the modern, traditional and folkloric tunes that
Mourlan reads in French, English and Swedish on the CD. The album—quite
brief, at under thirty minutes—consists on seven Mourlon originals and
one traditional piece, "Mannelig," based on a medieval Swedish ballad.
take on his own compositions covers a wide range from traditional
balladry, to swing, to more improvisational treatments. Razafindrakoto,
Tardieu and Brunet make for an excellent and substantial trio, their
playing seemingly unprompted and in the moment, full of energy yet
yielding to the vocalist's needs when that is the applicable approach. Facing the Lough
is a versatile collection made gratifying by musicians whose proficient
skills allow easy passage from straight-ahead jazz to more modern
approaches. For those who like vocal jazz, this is an album to check
Track Listing: Brooklyn Bridge; Mannelig; Nonna Ines; Pat's In
Paris Take 1; Blissful Time; Wish You Were Here; Back From Belfast;
Pat's In Paris Take 2.
Personnel: Fabrice Mourlon: vocals. Compositions; Richard Razafindrakoto: piano; Emmanuel Brunet: bass; Thierry Tardieu: drums.
Year Released: 2015
| Record Label: Self Produced
| Style: Vocal