« The gang of five offer us a nervous and punchy jazz that draws on rock but who knows how to treat » Pascal Derathé, jazz-rhone-alpes.com.
Through a precise and scripted writing, the compositions are mixed with improvisations without transition as a whole moving energy and freedom. Steeped in rock, jazz and pop, the music of this trio is determined, take risks, and use suspense and happy ending in an expressionist goal.
The first album Split Moments, which was released in May 2014 on the Label Pince-Oreilles, allows the band to set an aesthetic of its own and to create a musical and human encounter with Éric Prost, which the reputation as a saxophonist is not to be proved. The album is acclaimed by the specialized press (JazzMag, The Chill Jazz Corner, CultureJazz.fr …).
The upcoming album Naissance de l’horizon will be released in January 2018 is recorded in with Éric Prost who is now a part of the band and Florent Briqué on trumpet. It is thought of as a cyclical film : it begins with an explosion, in quintet, symbolizing the beginnings of matter and life ; Passes through different states continuously; And closed in symmetry to the first piece by a rise of hope. The titles linked to each other musically give the album its unity, in the manner of the discs of progressive rock of the Seventies.
Even if the inspirations can come from the progressive music (King Crimson, Pink Floyd …), the one of the Roman Baret remains resolutely Jazz, as much by the improvisation as by the color of the compositions. The strong rhythmic research, largely influenced by the drummers of the current jazz scene like Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss, or of the musicians like Marc Ducret, Stéphane Huchard and Tigran Hamasyan.
Founding member of the Collectif Pince-Oreilles, he obtained his DEM Jazz at the music Conservatory of Chambéry in 2007. In parallel to his studies he weaves his experience in the Laurent Dehors’ orchestra Du Génie in the Alpages! Then Denis Badault who selected him for his Rhône-Alpin’s orchestra and later with his meeting with Brad Shepik.
He creates the group Aquarium Orchestra with which he will record two albums (Aquarium Orchestra and Le ciel au dessus de чужий) and will play on beautiful jazz stages : Jazz à Vienne, Sunset-Sunside, Balélec, Jazz in Marciac …
He is both sideman and substitute in many groups (Root’secours, Didone, Yo, Trio Enchant(i)er , Super Freak …). He joined the 4tet of Mediterranean jazz Azzango for which he composed and recorded in Barcelona in 2011 the 1st album Mediterraneo (Nuevos Medios / Harmonia Mundi). Then follow three tours between 2012 and 2013 throughout France and Spain.
Working on his own trio with Sébastien Necca and Michel Molines since 2010 with whom he creates a dynamic of musical research. They recorded the 1st album Split Moments (Label Pince-Oreilles). He recorded with two other of his bands: the Gregory Sallet Quintet (Continuation, echoes and rhythm) and Philippe Soriano’s La Grinta. He joined the Foolish Ska Jazz Orchestra, Bamelka (jazz world), W.A.T.T.S (contemporary jazz octet), and most recently the very energetic Comptes de Korsakoff and the Panoramic Project.
In 2017 three albums are released, Ephémérium from the band Bamelka, Le Mouvement Crée la Matière from the Greg Sallet 5tet and Naissance de l’Horizon from his own trio featuring Éric Prost and Florent Briqué.
Gold medal and prize of perfection at the National Conservatory of Dijon, Éric Prost is among the founders of the Crescent Jazz Club and the Collectif Mu, with which he won, in 1995 and 1996, the Talent Jazz prize in Jazz à Vienne then the contest Jazz à la Défense.
With his trio Loops, he recorded in 1999 the album Get High and made tours in Syria, West Africa, Senegal, Mali, Benin, Sudan…
In 2000, Wynton Marsalis selected him with three other musicians for the creation of a special quintet at Jazz in Marciac. He is invited in Marciac in 2005, for a creation alongside the Wynton Marsalis quartet and the National Conservatory Orchestra of Toulouse.
He plays with the quartet of Christian Vander (Magma) and the sextet of Eric Le Lann. In late 2005, Eric joined the Afro-jungle-jazz quintet Meï Teï Sho. A year and a half of tours led the group all around the world alongside Le Peuple de l’Herbe and High Tone.
In 2006, he embarked on the Outside project with Kostia Delaunay, Sir Jean Gomis, and Niko Matagrin.
The concert of summer 2007 at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier with his new jazz quartet, with Jérôme Regard (double bass), Stéphane Foucher (drums) and Bruno Ruder (piano), is broadcast by France Musique. In 2009 he recorded the EP4 opus (eponymous), and toured in France. Sideman, he works in the groups Pierre Drevet 5tet and Jean Benoit Culot quintet “Love Songs” with whom he recorded two albums Doxa and Doxa live acclaimed by the trade press, Big Band de l’Oeuf, Maxime Blésin sextet, Alfio Origlio 4tet and Crescent 4tet, as well as numerous bands in fields as varied as pop, electro, rock…
For 3 years, he co-directed the band l’Équilibre de Nash with saxophonist Jean-Charles Richard. The first album is released the spring of 2017. He also participates in the Amazing Keystone Big Band projects, the Persian Alexandria by Catali Antonini, David Bressat’s new 5tet and the Big Band de l’Oeuf, A tribute to Coltrane of Christian Vander’s Quintet.
Graduated from the music Conservatory of Chambéry, poly-instrumentalist, he has worked on several projects: Tribute Quintet, Matthieu Fattalini Quintet, and collaborates with Éric Prost and Nicolas Dieudonné.
He is part of many orchestras: Romain Baret Trio, Grégory Sallet Quintet, Anne Quillier 6tet… which allows him to forge a studio experience : Retour en Sogdiane (Matthieu Fattalini Quintet), Look inside (Seb Necca 4tet), Split moments (Romain Baret Trio + Éric Prost), Continuation, echoes and rhythm (Grégory Sallet Quintet) Daybreak (Anne Quillier 6tet), Le Mouvement Crée la Matière (Greg Sallet 5tet), Dusty Shelter (Anne Quillier 6tet).
Projects flourish and the concerts take place from duo to big band, with a multitude of musicians including Pierre Drevet, Stéphane Foucher, Les Glossy Sisters, Karim Maurice, Andy Baron, Anne Quillier and Romain Nassini. Collectifs Polycarpe and Pince-Oreilles of which he is a member, as well as the group Salsa Nueva Esencia and the Seb Necca 4tet.
He has worked with André Ceccarelli, André Charlier, Pierre Drevet, Eric Prost, Florent Briquet, Loïs Le Van, Gaby Vegh, Franck Agulhon, Boris Blanchet, Karim Maurice and Neeskens… His career begins with the pop-rock band LES AUTRES with which he released the disc INSTANT T in 2006 and made his firsts great stages : Transborder, Brise Glace, Summum… and 1st parts; DIAM’s, VEGASTAR …).
He created the Séb Necca Quartet with which he recorded in 2011 a record of contemporary jazz compositions with Pierre Drevet as a guest on the trumpet. Look Inside (Musea Record) followed by some thirty concerts. In 2012 he joined The Inglourious Fonkers: 60 concerts a year and created the character ANDY. At the same time, the group of jazz-world compositions AZZANGO is born, and has a great success in Spain and the album Mediterraneo (Harmonia Mundi – 2013) is published on the madrilene record label Nuevos Medios at the end of 2014, followed by 4 tours throughout Spain in 2015.
In 2014, he recorded with the Roman Baret Trio Split Moments. LIAM contacts him to record the magnificent disc with the colors folk and pop Hear the Silence in March 2015.
Florent Briqué’s musical journey was punctuated with his encounters with famous American and European jazz figures, who became a part of his training process: Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, World Saxophone Quartet, Phil Abraham, François Jeanneau, Eric Marienthal… not to mention the famed festivals he took part in: NJP, Umbria jazz, Jazz à Vienne, les nuits atypiques de Langon, Musiques Métisses Angoulème, l’Esprit Jazz, Africajarc, Jazz à la Vilette, Shanghai Music festival, Hong Kong Jazz festival.
After having directed the Orchestre Régional de Jazz in Lorraine from 2003 to 2005, he is now focusing on the various bands he plays with, such as SuPerDoG or the group “The big friche” with whom he is developing the use of Sound Painting.
Florent is the holder of a French State Diploma in teaching jazz and improvised music.
Romain Baret • guitar
Michel Molines • double bass
Sebastien Necca • drums
Eric Prost • sax
Florent Briqué • trumpet
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