A new talent on the French jazz scene, sideman and leader, Simon Chivallon loves the stage above all else! Light Blue, his latest album, moves with equal joy from Monk to the Beatles, from Gabriel Fauré to Georges Brassens. The pianist assumes his love of melody and unveils a series of personal compositions that are not lacking in character. With a rare freshness of inspiration, his album brilliantly imposes the feeling and lyricism of an artist for whom jazz speaks for itself.
Ahmad Jamal got his start in the 1940s, during the bebop revolution. He rubbed shoulders with the greats in the fifties, and became a legend with the band he formed from 1958 to 1961 with double bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Vernell Fournier.
Simon Chivallon hosts the #PlaceAuxJeunes jam, one Sunday a month, accompanied by the talents of his generation, with generous tributes that speak to as many people as possible. If jazz is a way of living music in the moment, Simon Chivallon is the very embodiment of this, and each solo demonstrates this in its spontaneity and frankness. There's no room for pretence: what's played is what comes, a sensitivity that expresses itself, a talent that breathes and seeks to touch the listener.
SIMON CHIVALLON piano/lead
PIERRE MARCUS double bass
GUSTAVE REICHERT drums