Jazz and Java
The evening was billed as “JAZZ AND JAVA” a trio brought together by guitarist Thierry Bouyer. The music was provided by three wonderfully talented musicians Carl SCHLOSSER, Mathias GUERRY and Thierry BOUYER. For me these three are in no particular order as they all performed superbly during the evening. Their sounds complimented one another and their solo pieces were enchanting. The three have eclectic backgrounds. During the course of the evening we enjoyed jazz from waltz to Django. We were treated to old favourites such as “My Funny Valentine” as well as pieces written by Thierry like “Petit Garçon”.
We have seen this artist before performing with “Take That” at the Abbaye Aux Dames. At that time he played the tenor saxophone. On thursday with this trio he also played the flute and the bass flute. An exceptional musician Carl was , for many years, one of the stars of saxophonists Claude Bolling’s Big Band where his spirit and his swing worked wonders. Its success gave him the opportunity to play with Guy Marchand, Jerry Lewis, Wild Bill Davis and Ray Charles and many French musicians. He is said to be one of the leading experts on the flute.
Mathias used various techniques n the violin. Although he didn’t change instrument throughout the evening the sounds were distinctly different for different pieces. He was one of the first violinists to play the “jazz violin” prototypes by Bodo Vosshenrich before the name “Neolin” existed for any use apart from the prophet .
Thierry played guitar. He also coaxed many different sounds from the two guitars he played for us that evening. I am not able to tell you the types of the guitars apart from to say they were electric. I am hoping that Joel will recognise them and let me know. A well-known guitarist in the area Thierry is part of the musical landscape in Rochfort where he now lives. He discovered Jazz at the age of 14 on the Island of Aix where his waiter’s wages paid for guitar lessons. He also composes songs and teaches guitar.
I hope you enjoyed this brief report on the evening.