This debut recording as a leader from Shems Bendali (known by his close friends as « Chouk ») is a true collective effort. Despite the emphasis put on individual names in jazz, this collective aspect, the community invoked, has always been the driving force of this music.
Drawing inspiration from this concept of community, enriching it with personal life experiences, the compositions serve as supports for each musician to make his voice heard, as displayed on the title track. Fall from the cliff, one of the earliest compositions of the Quintet, making a reflexion on what a group experience can be : an opportunity to set aside ego and judgement, to take chances and surrender to the instant, experimenting trust both in oneself and in others.
text by Yves Marcotte
« […] it is not an imitation of any kind but a need to make music out of inner visions all connected by a true collective endeavor».
Franck Bergerot – Jazz Magazine
«This sound is a reminiscence of VSOP Quintet at the top of their game, when Jazz music was still the sexiest thing in the world».
Arnaud Robert – Le Temps
SHEMS BENDALI – TRUMPET
ARTHUR DONNOT – TENOR SAX
ANDREW AUDIGER – PIANO
YVES MARCOTTE – UPRIGHT BASS
MARTON KISS – DRUMS
NICOLE PFISTER – ARTWORK
BENOIT CORBOZ – MIX
EMIL SPANYI – MASTERING
MUSIQUE COMPOSED BY SHEMS BENDALI
EXCEPTED « LIFE IN A BAG » COMPOSED BY ARTHUR DONNOT
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