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    Erik Truffaz

    Jazz from CH

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French trumpeter Erik Truffaz is a pioneering jazz figure. But his music is not too cerebral. Truffaz says of himself that he listened to Led Zeppelin much more than to Miles Davis when he was younger. His tunes teem with pockets of tension/release, rich sound textures, distortion and even Hendrixian guitar-like exchanges. Born in 1960, Truffaz was inspired to play music by his saxophonist father who led a dance band. He took up the trumpet as a youngster and joined his father on the bandstand. As his technique grew, Truffaz linked up with other bands before being introduced to Miles Davis’ classic Kind Of Blue album. This led him to study music at the Geneva Conservatoire in Switzerland where he learned to perform classical works by the likes of Mozart and Verdi. Truffaz’s music nowadays is nastier than smooth jazz and naughtier than straightahead. It is intelligent, uncompromising music happening in the now, played by musicians with serious chops, fertile imaginations and the courage of their convictions. He creates a meld of jazz, pop and rock music that is dance-floor hip, rock-house blazing and new-jazz cool.

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