Daniel Humair - drums
The French Dictionary of Jazz considers him to be one of the best drummers in the world, and this reputation is confirmed everywhere. He was appointed Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1986, then promoted to Officer in 1992.
It would be easier to list the musicians he's never played with rather than the opposite, because with the exception of Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, he's played alongside most of the jazzmen of the last 50 years. Those we should mention include Don Byas, Lucky Thompson, Kenny Dorham, Bud Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Chet Baker, Eric Dolphy, Martial Solal, Pierre Michelot, René Urtreger, Barney Wilen, Michel Hausser, Stéphane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Eddy Louiss, The Swingle Singers, Phil Woods' group, European Rhythm Machine, Jim Hall, Lee Konitz, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Johnny Griffin, Herbie Mann, Anthony Braxton, Hampton Hawkes, etc. He set up a group with François Jeanneau and Henri Texier, then another one with Joachim Kühn and Jean-François Jenny-Clark. He's also played in trio with Michel Portal, Richard Galliano, Jerry Bergonzi and David Liebman.
Alongside his career as a jazz musician, Daniel Humair has continued to pursue his other vocation as a painter. His work, described by the artist as "narrative abstraction", constitutes a coherent body that reveals not only his passion for the art of painting but the scope and depth of his knowledge of the history of art.
In 1987 he was awarded several prizes from French institutions: the Sacem's Grand Prix du Jazz, the Charlie Parker Prize from the Académie du Disque, and an In Honorem Award from the Académie Charles Cros for his whole career. In 1997 he was named "European Musician of the Year" by the Académie du Jazz, then in 2000 he won a Victoire de la Musique for his Hum Trio.
Since 2003, he's been developing his Babyboom project involving jazzmen from the younger generation: Christophe Monniot, Manu Codjia, Matthieu Donarier, Sébastien Boisseau. This, too, was acclaimed in the press, and a new Baby Boom II was released in 2008. On 2 October 2009, Daniel Humair was given carte blanche in the Châtelet Theatre in Paris for a special evening of his music.
Another of Daniel Humair's activities has been his ongoing collaboration with Tony Malaby, that led ultimately to the album Full Contact (beejazz) in 2008 with Joachim Kühn; the album won yet another award from the Académie Charles Cros. Since 2006 Daniel Humair has been giving live concerts on tour with Tony Malaby and Bruno Chevillon. This is the music on this latest album, which includes new compositions and innovatory "jousts" of improvisation.
Bruno Chevillon - double bass
French double bass player Bruno Chevillon was born in 1959. His higher education was twofold: a Fine Arts diploma for photography in 1983, coupled with classical double bass training under Joseph Fabre in the Conservatoire in Avignon. He turned to jazz by attending André Jaume's class at the same Music School, became a member of the GRIM (Groupe de Recherche et Improvisation Musicales), then joined the Lyons collective known as the ARFI, where he met Louis Sclavis, an encounter that would mark a turning point for him. From now on Chevillon was associated with most of the clarinettist's major projects.
As well as this long collaboration with Sclavis, Chevillon has also played with many of today's major jazz musicians from the avant-garde and improvised music scene, including Marc Ducret, Claude Barthélémy, Stéphan Oliva, François Corneloup, François Raulin, Joey Baron, Elliott Sharp, Franck Vigoroux, Samuel Sighicelli, Laurent Dehors...
Though essentially a sideman, Bruno Chevillon is equally at ease in a solo role; his show on Pier Paolo Pasolini is clear evidence of this. His range also covers contemporary music, for his skill and qualities as an instrumentalist are far-reaching - rapidity, accuracy and a highly unusual pertinence. His innate musicality and unswerving intuition have helped to make him one of the major double bassists on the European jazz scene. His only solo album hors champ, was released on the Autres Cordes label in 2007.
Tony Malaby - saxophone
Originally from Tucson, Arizona ,Tony Malaby has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, various projects with Daniel Humair and bands led by Mario Pavonne, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias and Marty Ehrlich.
His debut cd "Sabino"(Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper's top ten jazz lists for 2000. He has a brand new release: "Tamarindo" with bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. It is available on the Clean Feed label. His other releases include: "Adobe" available on Sunnyside in the US, featuring Drew Gress and Paul Motian; Apparitions" on the Songlines label featuring Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, and Drew Gress; and "Alive in Brooklyn Vol. 1 and 2" featuring Angelica Sanchez and Tom Rainey.
Tony leads several projects of his own including: APPARITIONS featuring: Drew Gress, Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin. The Tony Malaby CELLO TRIO, featuring Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck. The quartet PALOMA RECIO(Loud Dove) with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik and Nashhet Waits. The trio TAMARINDO featuring bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. Tony co-leads the Malaby Sanchez Rainey Trio.
Tony Malaby, originaire de Tucson Arizona, est établi à New York depuis 1995 et a fait partie de nombreux groupes de jazz dont Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet et Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, plusieurs projets avec Daniel Humair et des groupes dirigés par Mario Pavonne, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias et Marty Ehrlich.
Son premier disque 'Sabino' (Arabesque) l'a placé au Top 10 des meilleurs albums par le NY Times et le Philadelphia City journal. 'Tamarindo' avec le bassiste William Parker et le percussioniste Nasheet Waits est son dernier disque disponible sur le label Clean Feed. Ces autres disques sont "Adobe" disponible aux USA chez Sunnyside, avec Drew Gress et Paul Motian; Apparitions" sur le label the Songlines avec Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, et Drew Gress; ainsi que "Alive in Brooklyn Vol. 1 and 2" avec Angelica Sanchez et Tom Rainey.
Tony est le leader de plusieurs projets : APPARITIONS avec Drew Gress, Tom Rainey et Mike Sarin, le Tony Malaby CELLO TRIO, avec le violoncelliste de Chicago Fred Lonberg-Holm et le percussioniste John Hollenbeck, lequartet PALOMA RECIO(Loud Dove) avec Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik et Nashhet Waits, le trio TAMARINDO avec le bassists William Parker et Nasheet Waits à la percussion. Tony co-dirige le Malaby Sanchez Rainey Trio.
Daniel Humair: www.danielhumair.com
Bruno Chevillon: www.myspace.com/brunochevillon
Tony Malaby: www.tonymalaby.com