2016 Export Artist of the Year Award (Music:LX) – Jazz category
“A guitar player whose refreshing and pure guitar sound gives birth to multiple melodical climates, underlined by a most fluid style, a musician with a promising future “ – Beninese jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke
Characterized by an alchemical osmosis, the Greg Lamy Quartet is an accomplished ensemble, inspiring and ambitious, harmonious and pluralistic and always driven by the pleasure of playing together, thus creating a unique jazz atmosphere. Composed of guitarist Greg Lamy, saxophonist Johannes Müller, drummer Jean-Marc Robin and double bassist Gautier Laurent, the Greg Lamy Quartet has released three albums, “What are you afraid of?” (2006), “I see you” (2009) and “Meeting” (2013), the latter signed with the Belgian label Igloo Records.
For the quartet, a tour follows hot on the heels of another. Europe, United States, Brazil – they keep being successful in Luxembourg as well as abroad. Their latest album, “Meeting”, received critical and public acclaim and was one of the label’s best selling albums. In 2016, the Luxembourgish music export office music:LX awarded them the Export Artist of the Year Award in the jazz category.
In October 2017, the Greg Lamy Quartet will release, on Igloo Records, its new opus: “Press Enter”. More than just an album marked by modernity – as the titles “Control Swift”, “Erase”, “Exit” and “Press Enter” suggest –, its nine original compositions (plus a bonus track) are first and foremost an invitation to a journey. The album thus seduces with a broad range of sensations, both impressionist and figurative, melancholic and energetic… Lamy’s abundant inspiration is more than ever revealed by a decade-long musical complicity with his fellow musicians. We can’t help but follow the quartet’s call: Press Enter… and enjoy the journey!
“A guitar player whose refreshing and pure guitar sound gives birth to multiple melodical climates, underlined by a most fluid style, a musician with a promising future” says the world famous Beninese jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke about the Luxembourgish guitarist and composer Greg Lamy, one of the most talented artists among the ‘rising stars’ of the european jazz scene. New Orleans native Greg Lamy lives between Luxembourg and Paris. After studying jazz guitar in Boston at the Berklee College of Music as well as in London at the Trinity College, he was rapidly noticed when showcasing in clubs and quickly toured across Europe or in New York. Lamy often finds himself invited to perform in various bands. He played and plays, among others, with Lionel Loueke, Gretchen Parlato, Massimo Biolcati, Ferenc Nemeth and Marco Massa. In 2007, Lamy created his own quartet with the saxophonist Johannes Müller, the drummer Jean-Marc Robin and the double bass player Gautier Laurent. Simultaneously, he plays, since 2006, in a jazz guitar duo with Quentin Liégois. In 2016, Greg Lamy won the Export Artist of the Year Award (music:LX) in the Jazz category.
After studying jazz and double bass, Gautier Laurent soon got noticed through different projects. Besides the Greg Lamy Quartet, he plays, amongst others, with Antonio Sanchez, André Ceccarelli, Jean-Marc Robin, Christian Mariotto, Rémi Vignolo, Pascal Schumacher, Bireli Lagrène, Dorado Schmitt, Manu Pékar, Sara Lazarus, Valérie Graschaire, Pierre-Alain Goualch, Jean-Yves Jung, Marcel Azzola, Ludovic Beier, Lionel Suarez, Harry Hallen, Derrick James, Tony Lakatos, Ricky Ford, Mickaël Cuvillon, Franck Spaniol, Franck Wolf, Randy Brecker, Ack Van Rooyen and Médéric Collignon. This double bassist clearly has the requisite feel and sensitivity for a great musical energy. His participation in numerous projects, which he enriches with his characteristic play, is the prove.
Johannes Müller is one of the next big names in the German jazz scene. He seduces his audience with his elaborate and sophisticated play, thus creating his own musical language. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 11. The support of his well-known professors launched his international career in 2002. Since then, he toured regularly and aroused the public’s enthusiasm. He recorded with famous artists and bands such as Randy Brecker, Claudio Roditi, Ack le fourgon Rooyen, HR Bigband or SWR l’Orchestre Symphonique. Besides his own projects, he plays with numerous international jazz bands. Among them, the Greg Lamy Quartet.
His delicacy and technical skills make of Jean-Marc Robin a reference jazz drummer. He studied classical percussion as well as drums and won numerous prices. Current projects include, besides the Greg Lamy Quartet, collaborations with Biréli Lagrène Quartet, Dominique Fillon Quintet, CE2 Polars, Kader Fahem Hispanica Jazz Trio, Murat Ozturk, Damien Prud’homme et Roland Gebhardt (Germany). He also played with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Marcel Azolla, Lalo Schrifrin, Laurent Vernerey, Sylvain Gontard, Andréas Oeberg, Nico Morelli or Jérome Regard to name just a few.
Press Enter • 2017
Meeting • 2013
I see you • 2009
What are you afraid of? • 2006
Greg Lamy • guitar
Johannes Müller • saxophone
Jean-Marc Robin • drums
Gautier Laurent • double bass
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