Thursday, March 8, 2012

Renaud Garcia-Fons - Navigatore

The most amazing double bass player of our times, Renaud Garcia-Fons is known for his overwhelming virtuosity, his Mediterranean melodic sense and his viola-like con-arco sound. A student of the legendary Syrian bassist François Rabbath, Garcia-Fons is not only influenced by jazz and classical music, but also by flamenco, new musette, tango, Bretonian, Andalusian, African, Latin American, Arabic and Indian traditions. His unique artistry led to many exciting and successful collaborations with other open-minded players like Rabih Abou-Khalil, Michael Riessler, Dhafer Youssef, Nguye^n Le^, Gérard Marais, Pedro Soler and Michel Godard.In the tradition of his visionary album "Oriental Bass" of 1997, Garcia-Fons' joyful east-western synthesis comes to a climax on "Navigatore" that features 22 different players in a string of powerful original compositions. An epic and compelling ensemble music, "Navigatore" displays a wide spectrum of moods and grooves using even Spanish, Bretonian, Arabic and Indian instruments. Says Garcia-Fons: "Each composition tells a story - the story of a life, a round trip - somehow as if we would pass successively through several existences in time and place. In the sequence of these 12 compositions I have tried to evoke memories of imaginary lives which happened in the orient and the occident, yesterday and before yesterday. The double bass personifies a voice with different shadings - a voice of a being in transition. - from

Artist: Renaud Garcia-Fons
Album: Navigatore
Year: 2001
Label: Enja
Runtime: 64:27

1.  Navigatore 7:25 
2.  Wadi Rum (Introduction) 1:18 
3.  Wadi Rum 5:26 
4.  Fui Piedra 5:42 
5.  Sahari 8:27 
6.  Bolbol 5:11 
7.  Alto Pais (Introduction) 1:17 
8.  Alto Pais 5:06 
9.  Monajat (Le Temps Ne Revient Pas) 4:30 
10.  Ultimo Fandango 4:30 
11.  Tavakkol 5:07 
12.  Vagabundo 4:09 
13.  Chokr 1:33 
14.  Mohabbat 4:46 
All compositions by Renaud Garcia-Fons

Renaud Garcia-Fons (Double Bass, Percussion, Handclapping)
Jean-Louis Matinier (Accordion)
Claire Antonini (Lute, Tar, Cistre, Tambur, Saz)
Hakan Gungor (Kanoun)
Antonio Ruiz (Flamenco Guitar)
Francoise Couvert (Violin)
Philippe Couvert (Violin)
Franck Pichon (Violin)
Kudsi Erguner (Ney)
Pierre Hamon (Bagpipes, Recorder)
Chris Hayward (Flutes)
Bruno Sansalone (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet)
Yves Favre (Trombone)
Laurent Malet (Flugelhorn)
Franck Tortiller (Marimba, Timbales, Gongs)
Dahmane Khalfa (Carcabas, Saguetes, Tbel, Derbouka, Bendir)
Rabah Khalfa (Derbouka, Carcabas, Bendir)
Adel Shams El Dine (Riq)
Bruno Caillat (Tablas, Daf)
Jorge Trasante (Drums, Bombo, Congas, Shakers, Campanas, Cajon, Djembe)
Patrice Héral (Drums, Snare drum, Tambourine)


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