CLAUDE EVENCE JANSSENS
written and arranged by Claude Evence Janssens, p o l y M o r p h o s i s [Urban jazz trip] is a soul-jazz patchwork organised on the basis of themes from C.E. Janssens, quotes from jazz standards, paraphrases of J.S.Bach and influences of various blues guitar players, funky drummers, funky bass players, with the contribution of singers and instrumentalists gathered around the project. A surprising criss-cross where great standards themes take various and unexpected forms, depending on the new harmonic context in which they appear. The instrumental parts composed by C.E. Janssens as well as the vocal ones interwine with the quotes of renowned composers, the whole thing overhanging a soul and groovy background tinged with marching band arrangements. That blend is all along steeped in emotion, lyrism and climax.
Authors quoted :
Lorenz Hart (My Funny Valentine), Jon Hendricks (A Night in Tunisia), DuBose Heyward (Summertime), Jack Lawrence (Tenderly), Irving Mills (Caravan), Manny Kurtz (In a sentimental mood), anonymus (Swing low sweet chariot & Nobody knows)
Composers quoted :
John Coltrane (Lonnie's lament, India, Spiritual), Miles Davis (Nardis), Duke Ellington (Caravan, In a sentimental mood), George Gerschwin (Summertime), Dizzy Gillespie
(A night in Tunisia), Walter Gross (Tenderly), Richard Rodgers (My funny Valentine), anonymus (Swing low sweet chariot, Nobody knows), Jean-Sébastien Bach (Allemande from Partita in A minor for solo flute, Andante from Sonata in B minor for flute and continuo, Bourrée from Suite in E minor for lute, Kyrie from Mass in B minor)
Intrumentalists evoked :
# Electric guitar licks were in part inspired by various blues guitarists, on the basis of patterns suggested by CEJ and adapted in his own style by Fabrizio Graceffa.
# Electric bass grooves were in part inspired by various funk bass players, on the basis of patterns suggested by CEJ and interpretated in his own style by Federico Pecoraro.
# Drum beats were in part inspired by loops from various funk drummers, on the basis of patterns suggested by CEJ and integrated in his own style by Jérôme Baudart.
Samples used :
Both on « Sentimental sonata in a cool mood » and « Tender love in the Middle Age » figure, under the electric bass played by Federico Pecoraro, a double bass sample, each coming from the album « Acid jazz city » produced by Loopmasters (double bass player's name not mentionned).